Three Pakistanis arrested for sexual assaults during German music festival
The attacks are reminiscent of those which happened during the New Year festivities in Cologne
German Police have arrested three Pakistani men who are suspected to have carried out sexual attacks during a music festival in western city of Darmstadt.
The trio aged between 28 and 31 have been charged for sex crimes and police are searching for at least two more suspects.
The victims have said they were targeted by men of South Asian origin, the police claimed. One of the accused has been living in the country for a few years,
while the other two are asylum seekers, police said.
At least 26 women have now reported that they were assaulted at the Schlossgrabenfest, an open air annual music festival
At least 80,000 music buffs had thronged the venue on Saturday in Darmstadt.
Some 400,000 people are estimated to have attended the free festival which ran from Thursday to Sunday.
The assaulted women who were between the age of 16 to 25 complained separately. 15 complaints were received by Monday.
Darmstadt police said they expect more complaints to be filed.
The victims said the attackers encircled them before groping, fondling or touching them inappropriately.
Some of them reported that they were robbed too.
If the charges are proved true, the migrants are likely to be deported to the country of their origin.
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It is also home to several universities, scientific institutions and high technology companies, including the world's oldest pharma major Merck.
The attacks were similar to those that happened during the 2016 New Year festivities in Cologne and other cities like Frankfurt and Hamburg.
Over 1000 women in Cologne complained that they had a traumatic beginning to the New Year year, after being sexually assaulted.
Many victims claimed that groups of men who surrounded them during revelry outside the main railway station also snatched wallets and mobiles.
Saturday's assaults have once again sparked anger among the country's far right parties against Chancellor Angela Merkel's policy of welcoming
more than one million refugees last year.