It was an unflattering theatrical play towards Muslim Algerian men, their ‘honor’ was besmirched so they came up from behind her and doused her with petrol and tried to set her on fire. Fortunately she (Rayhana) realized what was going on and reacted in time, and managed to get away, otherwise she would have become just another statistic in Muslim ‘honor’ related crime.
An actress was doused with petrol in Paris in an attack thought to be related to her role in a feminist play she wrote about Algerian women.
The 45-year-old, who goes by the name of Rayhana, said two men approached her while she was walking to the theatre on Tuesday, grabbed her from behind, slapped her face and poured petrol on her. “I could smell the petrol. A flame brushed my hat and then I ran,” she said.
She has since been placed under police protection and the investigation into the attack is being led by the anti-terrorism unit, which has tackled many cases involving Muslim extremists.
Rayhana is starring in At My Age, I Still Hide to Have a Smoke, a play she wrote about a group of women who chat about their lives during a visit to an Algiers spa. The sell-out play features unflattering views on Muslim men.
In the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s attack, the actress said she had received threats and complained to police.