An imam in the city of Terrassa near Barcelona is under investigation for inciting violence against women. The prosecutor is basing the accusation on a recording of one of the imam’s Friday sermons.
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In the sermon, the imam is said to have instructed his faithful on how to hit errant women without leaving a mark. The imam, who is originally from Morocco, is denying the charges, and is also being defended by his congregation. The mosque in Terrassa is among the largest and most influential in Catalonia. The case is also being followed by non-Muslims, in a country where violence against women is widespread.