The city of Malmö is in shock after three brutal gang rapes took place in the Sweden’s third largest city (about 300,000 inhabitants) within several weeks.
In mid-December 2017, a 17-year-old girl was sexually abused around 3AM in a playground in the district of Sofielund, according to the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet. Sofielund is a neighborhood in Malmö with large numbers of non-Western immigrants and high crime rates. The still unknown perpetrators are said to have raped the 17-year-old in extremely brutal manner. They then poured a flammable liquid in her lap and set it on fire, causing severe injuries in her private parts. The girl was later taken to a hospital.
“The still unknown perpetrators are said to have raped the 17-year-old and then poured her a flammable liquid in the lap. After that, they are said to have set fire to the 17-year-old.” according to German newspaper TZ.
Shortly before, in November, there were gang rapes in Södervärn and Segevång, Malmö. Police initially withheld specific information, but spoke of “torture-like abuse” and “very serious violence”. The situation in Malmö is tense. A police officer told Swedish SVT News that he has not experienced such a cruel case in his 35 years as a civil servant.
One of the alleged perpetrators is now arrested. He could be convicted by means of a surveillance camera. The police investigate in all directions and also use special search dogs. The dogs are not “ordinary” detection dogs – they are specially trained on the smell of blood and semen and should help to investigate the perpetrators. So far, the police know that the three rapes have been perpetrated by different perpetrators. Allegedly, the crimes are not related, according to German newspaper TZ.
The incidents have led to several public protests. Hundreds of people have demonstrated after the rapes in the streets of Malmö against the alleged inactivity of the police. In small groups, people in Malmö even go on patrol to protect their fellow citizens from attacks. The deputy police chief of Malmö advised women before Christmas not to be outside alone after dark, according to Swedish SVT News.