Assaulted in Mecca: Women around the world speak out about being sexually harassed during pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia

Muslim women from all over the globe are sharing stories about suffering sexual harassment and assaults while in the holy city of Mecca on pilgrimage.

After one Pakistani woman bravely detailed her account about how she had been harassed while in the Saudi Arabian city, others have felt inspired to follow in her footsteps.

A majority describe being touched inappropriately or harassed while performing ‘tawaf’, the key pilgrimage ritual of circling the Kaaba, the most sacred site in Islam, inside the Al-Masjid Al-Ḥarām mosque.