Residents of a small German town have been left outraged after its mayor suggested young girls “provoke” sexual harassment.
Jens Müller, Mayor of Bad Schlema, Saxony, made the comments at a council meeting last week, after a grandfather raised concerns young girls were being subject to harassment as they walked home from school, German newspaper FreiePresse reports.
The man, who has not been identified, claimed his granddaughter, who he said was under 10 years old, had been a victim of such behaviour.
He said: “The girls have been harassed by the refugee children" as they walked to their physical education classes at school.
He raised further fears the harassment may increase when the girls wear less clothing in the summer months.
In response to the comments Mr Müller said: “That’s easy, just don’t provoke them and don’t walk in these areas.”
“It’s technically not necessary for the girls to walk there,” he added. “There are alternative routes for going to school.”