- Police had arrested migrant over claims he sexually abused a girl of eight
- Refugee father of the girl lunged at the man as he was being arrested
- He is said to have screamed ‘you will not survive’ at 27-year-old suspect
- But the father was shot at by several officers and later died in hospital
German police have shot dead a refugee who tried to avenge his eight-year-old daughter after she was allegedly sexually abused by another migrant in the camp they shared.
Detectives in Berlin were leading a 27-year-old suspect away in handcuffs when the girl’s father, 29, ran at him with a knife screaming: ‘You will not survive!’
He was shot at by several officers and fell to the ground, dying a short time later after being rushed to hospital.
The incident comes amid rising tensions within refugee centres in Germany where aid workers and police have spoken of rapes of women and children.
According to police, the dead man’s daughter was lured to parkland near the centre where she lived with her family in Kruppstrasse in the gritty working class district of Moabit on Tuesday and sexually abused.
On Wednesday she told her father what had happened. He confronted the man ‘out of a sense of family honour,’ according to a police spokesman.
Police were already on the way to the centre, having been alerted by other asylum seekers housed there.
They arrested the alleged attacker before he was harmed but as he was being led away the father struck.
The man he was trying to kill was unharmed and is now at the centre of a sex crime probe.
The nationalities of the people involved have not been revealed. The Berlin City Mission where the father died is now a crime scene and the police who killed the father are being investigated in case it is deemed they used excessive force.
According to a report of the Tagesspiegel newspaper in July there were 128 cases of sexual abuse in German refugee accommodations from January until March of this year. But the number of unreported incidents is feared to be far higher.
Soaring incidents of sexual abuse of women and children in German refugee camps forced Angela Merkel’s government to pledge over 160 million pounds to combat it earlier this year.
While concrete figures are hard to come by, officials in Berlin are shocked at individual reports reaching bureaucrats on a daily basis of attacks against defenceless people.
In the town of Giessen near Frankfurt 15 women in one camp filed complaints to local police of rape and other forms of sexual abuse.
But while hundreds of incidents have been reported – 128 alone in Berlin in the first three months of the year – fear of men and family elders, coupled with the stigma of being a victim, have, say officials, prevented thousands of women and children from going to the authorities to register complaints.
The Ministry for Families, Seniors, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) provides money for the scheme which aims to give better protection to the vulnerable, including the remodelling of migrant centres to give more privacy to females and minors.
Police have for long told of a rising trend of abuse, including rapes, but in the highly-charged political atmosphere that surrounds the whole refugee issue in Germany the problem has largely remained unaddressed.
Municipal authorities can access funds from central government in the form of in zero-interest loans.
‘Unfortunately we know that children and women in the camps are not safe from abuse and sexual assault. That’s why we have to make sure that they’re protected,’ said junior minister Ralf Kleindiek.
‘Not only measures regarding staff, but also structural measures have to be implemented such as lockable accommodation units and separate sanitary facilities.
‘For the children and adolescents we also need designated rooms to enable play and learning.’
Fuelling the rise in sexual assaults is alcohol. Many Muslim men are expiosed to alcoholic drinks for the first time in their lives, leading to booze binges that end in mayhem.
A clampdown on this has started with a ban on all alcohol being brought into any migrant shelter anywhere in the country.
Part of the scheme to clamp down on sex abuse involves working wth experts from UNICEF to train staff in how to deal with the problem at over 100 centres.
Around three million pounds of the total amount available will be spent on constructing specialist centres to provide counselling for survivors of rape and torture.
Germany is already at the centre of an EU Commission probe for failing to implement Brussels guidelines in the treatment of refugees.
H/t reader kevin a.
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