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300 cases of sexual harassment in first half of Eid: Watchdog

Movement formed to prevent lewd attacks on women over the holiday weekend reports several hundred violations

Ahram Online, Sunday 28 Oct 2012
Anti-harassment
Wearing vests painted with the slogan 'Anti-harassment', a group of volunteers confront a group of teasing young boys near Cairo's Tahrir Square. (Photo: AP)
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An Egyptian movement started to thwart sexual harassment during Eid Al-Adha has recorded 300 attempted attacks during the first two days of the holiday.
 
The initiative, dubbed 'Catch the Harasser', began on the first day of Eid, with volunteers working across central Cairo in a bid to prevent lewd attacks on women.
 
Sexual harassment of women is a growing problem on Egyptian streets. It usually reaches a climax during Eid when large crowds make it easier for culprits to escape unpunished.
 
A 2008 survey by the Egyptian Centre for Women Rights found that 83 per cent of local women and 98 per cent of foreign women had been subjected to harassment at least once.
 
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