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Egyptian prosecution refers 13 suspected sexual harassers to trial

Sexual harassment was criminalised by a law issued last week

Ahram Online, Saturday 14 Jun 2014
group of young men harass three girls in Cairo
In this undated image made from video released by the producers of "Awel el Kheit" or "the Thread" which airs on the private TV station ONTV, a group of young men harass three girls in Cairo, Egypt (Photo: AP)
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Egypt's prosecutor-general on Saturday referred 13 Egyptian men to trial on charges of sexually assaulting a number of women last week during inaugural celebrations in Tahrir Square.

According to Al-Ahram Arabic news website, the decision came following investigations that included hearing 52 eyewitnesses who were present in Tahrir Square on 3 June when one of the assaults took place.

A prosecution statement said that the 13 men assaulted a woman on 3 June in an incident captured on video, and subsequently assaulted six women on 8 June. The defendants face charges of abduction, forceful sexual assault, physical torture, forceful theft, attempted rape and attempted murder. The statement adds that if convicted the defendants could face life imprisonment.

A video of a woman being assaulted, uploaded onto social media sites on Sunday, caused public uproar. President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi later visited the woman in hospital, offering his apologies.

One of the defendants, who is 15 years old, is charged with recording and publishing a video that breaches public decency.

Earlier this morning, another two defendants were sent to an urgent trial to on charges of sexual harassment in a separate incident.

Despite numerous reports of sexual assault and harassment of women at public protests and gatherings, and an epidemic of street harassment, prosecutions against perpetrators remain relatively uncommon.

A United Nations survey from last year suggests that over 99 percent of Egyptian women have suffered some form of sexual harassment, including verbal and physical harassment.

The occurrence of several sexual assaults last week --during celebrations in Tahrir Square of president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's election victory – appears to have focused public attention on the problem. El-Sisi has ordered the formation of a ministerial committee to investigate ways to combat the problem, and has urged the interior ministry to take action against sexual harassers.

Days before he left office, former interim president Adly Mansour issued a law criminalising sexual harassment for the first time. The new law imposes stiff punishments on sexual harassers, including prison sentences of between six months and five years.

 

 

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Kiwi
15-06-2014 03:04pm
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Strong example
A prison sentence of six months to five years - laughable if it wasn't so pathetic! Until men like these are punished more severely this sort of thing will continue unabated. Will it ever happen in this culture that treats women worse than animals? Really shows muslim males up for what they are - even the new govt. doesn't seem to take it seriously. How sad is that!
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luckytwo
15-06-2014 10:39am
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The insanity of the situation...
The insanity of the situation is that men are using religion to justify having a murderous lust-fest by torturing women with gang rape in public places. And this excites them. They are propagating evil doings with religion. When religion says don't do these things. It is attempting murder... because they wouldn't stop if someone didn't stop them. It's vulgar, indecent, inhuman, torture, not even animals behave so lowly. There is nothing religious about these men. The men are committing adultry if they are married. Have you ever heard..: Even the devil can quote the scriptures. Well this fits here because it is evil what they are doing. And if they are not religious.. they are still evil.
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luckytwo
14-06-2014 05:54pm
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There is a difference between harassment and assault (gang rape)
India recently sentenced 4 men to death for gang rape and a juivinile to juvinile detention for 3 years. Gang rape can kill a woman... and often the woman becomes suicidal. The complete lack of empathy or caring... to destroy a life just because they are pigs... waiting to capture and torture and physically and mentally destroy a female. deserve the same as Indias judgement. That was someone's sister or daughter or wife. They have no right to lay their filthy hands on another.
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medo
14-06-2014 07:55pm
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@luckytwo
There is also a link between harassment and rape... both are against the law and both need to be dealt with in a tough way
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