A teenage Afghan immigrant has been charged with raping a female worker at a Red Cross asylum seeker centre – just weeks after taking a course on how to treat women.
The 16-year-old is alleged to have attacked the worker after following her from a catering firm into a basement, prosecutors said.This latest reported incident happened at an asylum centre in the Belgium town of Menen, near the French border.
The judge ordered for him to be detained in youth custody until his next hearing.A spokeswoman for the Red Cross said it was the first time in 25 years such an incident had occurred at one of the organisation’s asylum seeker centres in the country.
She said: “Two weeks ago we gave a course about how to treat women in Flanders and the boy was present there.”
Tom Van Grieken, leader of anti-immigrant party Vlaams Belang, said: “People who need a course on how to treat women should not be there in the first place.”