Angelique Slosse, a 21-year-old young woman, was reportedly attacked and beaten up by a gang of girls for sunbathing in a park and wearing a bikini. The incident took place in Reims, the Champagne capital of France, where the girl sunbathing with two of her friends was assaulted by a group of women. A local newspaper reported that Slosse was attacked because she was scantily dressed and the women tried to dictate about how to dress. The report stated that the attackers were all Muslims and they were trying to teach the bikini-clad girls some morals and asking them not to wear "that type of clothes in a public place. Arrests were made by the local Police very soon. Three of the attackers were Zohra Karim, Ines Nouri and Hadoune Tadjouri, who are in their early 20s. Other two arrested are aged 16 and 17. Their names have not been made public since they are minors.
The local police has confirmed that the attack did take place, but they havent stated the main reason behind it.
Though one of the arrested girls said, I was with three girlfriends and my sister Wednesday around 16:30 when we went to Léo Lagrange Park. We passed three girls in bathing suits and I just told my friend that if it were me, I would not dare wear their outfits But I said that because I have body issues, and it was absolutely not for religious or moral questions. I am Muslim, yes, but tolerant. When one of the three girls heard me speak, she told me she understood that I wouldnt dare wear a bathing suit with my body. She also said that I was fat. I went to her to give her a slap, and then she fought with my friend. From there, I did everything to separate them.
As soon as people came to know about the incident, the social media exploded with outrage for the attackers.
The Leo Lagrange park in Reims, where the 21-year-old girl was allegedly attacked.
She is highly disappointed with the biased outlook of the media. She said, Journalists are not aware of what they have. Yes, we should not have to fight, but they should check the information. Since they suggested that our motive was religious, its been horrible. My family does not want to talk to me. I read all these racist comments about us. Frankly, we are weak, I am weak, I have dark thoughts.
Soon, Julie Galisson, the police superintendent leading the enquiry informed the media As is clear from the statement of the victim and those implicated, there is no element of a religious or moral element which explains the aggression.
The entire incident was criticized all over the world and women tweeted their pictures in bikinis and swimsuits with the hashtag #jeportemonmaillotauParcLeo (I wear my swimsuit in the park), that has been compared to the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie used after the attacks on Charlie Hebdo.
Hundreds of women from all over the world have stood up for supporting Angelique Slosse and are posting their pictures in bikinis and swimsuits.
Some of them even turned up at the park wearing swimsuits and bikinis despite the cold weather and drizzle. They supported their right to wear a bikini.
Social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook have exploded with pictures of women clad in bikinis, protesting the assault.
A local newspaper LUnion wrote that five Muslim woman attacked Angelique Slosse for moral reasons. Since then, people have started a protest against Islam and the morals they follow.
Heres another tweet supporting the hashtag #jeportemonmaillotauparcleo and asking Muslims to stop dictatorship over morality.
The accused have given a clarification that they are an easy prey because they are Muslims. Also, the Police has stated that the assault had nothing to do with religion.Thus, the newspaper LUnion has retracted the original article.
Here`s the video of the incident which happened in the Leo Lagrange park in Reims.