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Cairo university student sexually harassed by mob on campus
University head says incident is first ever on campus, a claim refuted by anti-harassment campaigners, who say dozens of women have been harassed at Cairo University
Ahram Online, Monday 17 Mar 2014
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A female student at Cairo University was sexually attacked by tens of her colleagues from the law faculty for wearing black trousers and a pink sweater on campus, an outfit that the university's head has referred to as a "mistake."

The woman was surrounded by the group of male students who verbally and physically assaulted her, in addition to trying to strip off her clothes, according to a statement released on Monday by the anti-sexual harassment campaign "I Witnessed Harassment."

She then ran to the bathroom and hid until security personnel came to escort her from the campus.

Speaking to private ONTV channel on Monday, Cairo University head Gaber Nassar said that the girl had been wearing a long garment over her clothes when she entered the campus gates but later took it off, "which led to the incident occurring."

A video screened during Nassar's ONTV interview shows the woman wearing black trousers and a pink top while she is being led off campus by security.

"The girl's mistake doesn't justify [the male students'] behaviour," said Nassar, adding that the university does not allow students to wear "unusual or inappropriate" outfits on campus.

Nassar said that Monday was the first time such an incident had occurred at the university.

He added that the harassers had been monitored by security cameras and would be investigated.

Both the male students and the woman will be punished and possibly expelled for breaking the university's rules, he said.

Fathi Fareed, spokesman for the "I Witnessed Harassment" campaign, told ONTV in a separate interview that he had been shocked by Nassar's comments and dismissed his claims that the student had been wearing a long gown over an allegedly inappropriate outfit.

"This morning the university had denied the incident, until the video went viral," Fareed said. "This is a social disaster of sexual violence that the state needs to confront."

Fareed also refuted Nassar's claim that the incident was the first of its kind on the university's campus.

His group has received tens of complaints from female students concerning sexual harassment from both students and faculty members, Fareed said.

Sexual harassment has long been a growing problem in Egypt.

A sexual harassment study last year which interviewed hundreds of women in seven of Egypt's 27 governorates showed that more than 99 percent of the women had experienced some form of sexual harassment, ranging from minor incidents to rape, according to an April 2013 study by the United Nations, Egypt's Demographic Centre and the National Planning Institute.





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Ss
19-03-2014 12:42pm
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Messsed up world
Its easy to say she was dressed like a barbie ,as i saw on video 7 website .(arabic channel) The problem isnt just in Egypt , its spreading to other non lib countries and has for last couuple of years. Thing is take Egypts young surpressed angry citizens, both male & female see western women free to dress as they wish .They flaunt their flesh like never before .I know this girl wasnt showing flesh but the fact it was commented that she was dressed like a barbie of which her hair was also dyed blonde .What im trying to point out is the young Egyptians today want to be more western and dress as they want (of which they should in moderation) the elders of which still live in the dark ages .They young "lady" isnt to blame of course .its the young guys who watch too much western tv incuding porn sites and the likes of Miley Cyrus twerking and pushing her but out to the likes of Rhianna singing Rude Boy
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Farida
18-03-2014 07:49pm
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Open your minds
Despite the terrible situation, the barbaric attack on the girl and the ignorant, inhumane and heartless justification of the sick guys' behavior and blaming it on "the girl's inappropriate outfit.. We need to keep from dissing other religions and populations and stereotyping. The actions of a mentally sick minority does NOT mean the whole population is like that nor does it mean that their religion says that. Sexual harassment and rape happen all over the world, that does not mean we are all like that. I'm referring to the comments below who left the subject of the article and went on dissing Arabs and Muslims. Please keep your minds open and educate yourselves. May the rapists get their punishment and may the girl get her safety back. We need to fight sexual harassment all around the world together. We also need to love, accept and respect each other. May we make this world a better place, together. Sincerely, your fellow HUMAN :)
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Key
18-03-2014 05:53pm
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Blame your own issues first before blaming others
Your priests in your own individual countries all over Europe, North America and Australia rape little boys on a consistant basis. You hear those kinds of extreme sexual abuse not harassment in your own countries. Do Egyptians blame Christianity or degrade your religion with stone age comments or bash each of your country's cancerous ethics and morals for same sex marriages, school shootings, racism, European initiated human traficing (African slavery), native american extinction? You need to look at your own primitive actions and crimes agains humanity before blaming Egypt for this problem. It is a problem i'm not ignoring it but look at your bigger crimes first before jumping to others. -Key
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Kevin
24-03-2014 03:08pm
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You are part of the problem...
Key, your rant shows your ignorance. No where in the article is anyone blaming anyone. Try no being so hateful.
Yasser Hosni
18-03-2014 08:54pm
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Univ. Professor
Mr. Key. This is Al-Ahram - an Egyptian paper - carrying a piece of news. No blame is being leveled on anybody. Why attacking Christians, Western, ...!
Allen
18-03-2014 08:16pm
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Shoddy comparison by a simple mind.
All those who commit the crimes you speak of in the west are convicted, exposed and reviled. The difference here you see nothing wrong with your sick extremists. That is how you controll your entire female population. In the end most of you Islamist extremists Crowl swim and run to the west uninvited. If the western world is so bad you ilk won't be begging to live in the west.
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DutchOG
18-03-2014 05:42pm
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Dumbass arabs
Uncivilized bunch of twats. Grow up will ya'? Getting quite boring with all these retarded newsmessages from dumbass muslims.
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Rocky
18-03-2014 03:51pm
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Religion is Poison
Unbelievable that she was attacked by tens of her colleagues from the law faculty!!! The LAW faculty!!! So you can see how religion has poisoned these peoples minds! She should be able to walk in her bikini if she wants! For all crazy relgious people reading this: all your holy books and stories have been made up and are not true. Please wake up and see reality. And please be kind to other people!!! It's not that difficult!!
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Gemma
18-03-2014 08:43pm
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Behaving like animals is not about religion
In response to your comment... the discourse of using certain religions in order to explain certain behaviours can be quite dangerous.
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The Dutchman
18-03-2014 01:26pm
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Disgraceful, Pathetic, Hormonal Neanderthals
What kind of society is festering in this country... This country will never move forward, never mature, never develop if something is not done about the behavior of its peoples. Ethics and Morals since the first revolution have been thrown out the window, and since then, women don't feel safe anymore to walk the streets. With all the incidents that have occurred including gang rapes and abductions... it ridiculous. I would like to see the international community to Boycott Egypt until they can prove that they are HUMANS and can BEHAVE like a NORMAL, CIVIL and RESPECTFUL SOCIETY.
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bknot1
18-03-2014 08:11am
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GET OUT OF HERE!!!
I don't care if this is posted or not.. but the people in this country is STUPID.. How and why harass women because of what she wears.. all the once should be expelled. As for the woman being punished, that is the most STUPIDEST THING I HAVE HEARD.. Pink top and black trousers,, get a life... now it seams like you all now want to dictate what women were. no one should harass anyone for any reason. You all will never learn how to live free.. SMH!!!
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M.S
19-03-2014 04:48pm
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Disrespecting an entire country shows who's the stupid one
I am a female who lives in this country you call its people are stupid.. And guess what! There are millions who lives in this country who are way smarter than to generalize minorities actions to the entire population of a country
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Guest
18-03-2014 07:51am
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Disgusting, barbaric and most uncivilised!
Where is the set of moral values Arab societies claim to have (based on being deeply religious)? What makes it worse is that on top of it, the victim is blamed for what happened to her! What a shame! Do all women have to wear cloaks/tents just because males cannot control themselves?! And, according to studies, even those are not safe from getting harassed. Stop blaming the victim and cultivate a sense of responsibility!
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Argumenter
18-03-2014 04:13pm
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She isn't
She isn't being punished for getting sexually harassed. I believe it's probably due to a dress code being in the university which she broke. I'm not victim blaming her or saying the guys shouldn't be punished. They should be severely punished and expelled since a High education university is no place for such barbaric uncivilised humans. I'm just saying that she might have broken a dress code which is why she's being punished but i don't think she should be expelled. Like no way should she be that severly punished.
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Allen
17-03-2014 09:48pm
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The girl made a mistake!?!?!?
What was her mistake... Dressing like a civilized modern woman???? Oh it does not fit radical Islamists code... She needs to be dressed like a Stone Age creature to look like a sack of potatoes. I am sure all those terrorizing her whine about freedom and their right to terrorize all those that don't fit the Stone Age rules.... And you guys expect tourists to come to Egypt??
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