Mass robberies and sexual assaults on women on New Year's Eve have stirred bitter debate far beyond Germany's borders. Police suspect organized gangs, including refugees, carried out the New Year's Eve assaults on women in Germany.
An incident of "mass molestation" on New Year's Eve in Bangalore has put an ugly spotlight back on sexual assault against women in India. But some officials insist on blaming victims and western values.
The German interior minister has called for answers at an inquiry on the mass sexual assaults in Cologne. Thomas de Maiziere acknowledged more needed to be done to prevent such an incident from happening again.
That authorities will deploy 1,500 police officers in Cologne on New Year's Eve is proof that the German way of life has been compromised. Political Islam continues to pose a big threat, says DW's Shamil Shams.
Germany's federal police have found that over 1,000 sexual crimes were committed across Germany on New Year's Eve. Over 2,000 men are believed to have taken part in the crimes, though only 120 have been identified.
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