Muslim Brotherhood founder's grandson accused of rape, sexual assault

Prof. Tariq Ramadan plans to counter Ayari’s accusations by filing his own report with the police. (Twitter: @TariqRamadan)
Updated 22 October 2017
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Muslim Brotherhood founder's grandson accused of rape, sexual assault

JEDDAH: A rape and sexual assault complaint was filed on Friday in France against Swiss Islamist and Prof. Tariq Ramadan by Henda Ayari, reported Agence France Press (AFP). 
Tariq Ramadan is the grandson of Egyptian scholar Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group deemed terrorist by a number of Arab and Muslim countries. 
The complaint, filed with the Rouen prosecutor’s office in northwest France by Ayari, now a secular activist, detailed criminal acts of rape, sexual assault, violence, harassment and intimidation, according to a document reviewed by AFP.
The Liberators Association, of which Ayari is president, said on Facebook that she was “a victim of something very serious several years ago,” but did not reveal the name of her aggressor for safety reasons.
In her book “I Chose to be Free,” published in November 2016, she described her aggressor as Zubair. She wrote that she met him at his hotel in Paris after he had given a lecture.
“I will not give precise details of the acts he has done to me. It is enough to know that he has benefited greatly from my weakness,” Ayari wrote.
She added that when she rebelled against him at one point, he screamed at her, insulted her, slapped her and treated her violently.
“I confirm today, that the famous Zubair is Tariq Ramadan,” Ayari wrote on Facebook. Her lawyer Jonas Haddad said she did not report the assault earlier out of fear.
“After revelations over the past few days of rape and sexual assault claims in the media, Henda has decided to say what happened to her and take legal action,” he told AFP.
On Saturday, Ramadan denied Ayari's allegations and expressed his intension to sue for “slanderous denunciation” on Monday, his lawyer, Yassine Bouzrou, told French media.


India's BJP pulls out of ruling alliance in disputed Kashmir

Updated 19 June 2018
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India's BJP pulls out of ruling alliance in disputed Kashmir

NEW DELHI: India's governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) quit the ruling coalition in Jammu and Kashmir state on Tuesday where militant violence has worsened in recent months, the party announced.
The Hindu nationalist BJP entered into an unlikely alliance with a regional party after an inconclusive election in 2014 to govern the state where Indian forces have struggled to quell an armed revolt for decades.
"It has become untenable for the BJP to continue in the alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir," Ram Madhav, party general secretary, told reporters.