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El-Sisi visits Tahrir sexual assault victim, apologises to Egypt's women
The newly inaugurated president apologises to the victim during the hospital visit, as well as to all Egyptian women, vowing maximum measures against sexual harassment in Egypt
Ahram Online , Wednesday 11 Jun 2014
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President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi visits Tahrir sexual harassment victim
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi visits Tahrir sexual harassment victim (Photo: Snapshot of Egyptian State TV)

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi paid a visit early on Wednesday to one of the Tahrir Square victims of mass sexual assault.

The newly inaugurated president, along with Minister of Defence Sedky Sobhy and the chief of staff, General Mahmoud Hegazy, visited the victim at Al-Helmiya Military Hospital.

During celebrations held by supporters of El-Sisi over the past week for his victory in the presidential elections and up until his inauguration on Sunday, Tahrir Square witnessed a series of mass sexual harassment and assault incidents against ladies. 

In a video report aired Wednesday morning on national TV, El-Sisi was shown apologising to the victim, as well as to all Egyptian women subjected to sexual abuse, and promising her a spiritual voyage to Mecca at the state's expense to help her convalesce. 

He also vowed to implement tougher measures against the crime. 

Shortly afterwards, a statement from Egypt's presidency declared the intended formation of a committee comprised of government officials as well as Muslim and Christian spiritual leaders to devise a strategy to combat the growing phenomenon of sexual harassment. 

On Tuesday El-Sisi issued a statement denouncing the mass sexual assault incidents that took place in Tahrir Square during his inaugural celebrations and awarded the officer who rescued one of the victims. 

Describing sexual harassment as an alien behaviour to Egyptian culture, El-Sisi called on the Egyptian people to restore "the moral spirit" of society. 

The prosecutor-general is currently investigating the sexual assault cases. Security forces also arrested a number of suspects from Tahrir Square on Sunday for their possible involvement in one of the mass assault incidents. 

Women's rights organisations report that no less than eight women were sexually harassed and assaulted the past few days in Tahrir Square and were transferred to hospitals in critical conditions.

Sexual harassment has also been a growing problem outside of Tahrir Square and in protests in the last decade.

More than 99 percent of women surveyed across 27 governorates said they'd experienced some form of harassment, from minor incidents to rape, according to a 2013 report by the United Nations and Egypt's Demographic Centre and the National Planning Institute.

Last week, former interim president Adly Mansour issued a sexual harassment law that activists praised for stipulating tougher penalties and jail terms for offenders.





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Hanan
12-06-2014 12:52am
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And Alaa is in jail!
Just a pathetic PR move. You're not fooling anyone.
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shame
11-06-2014 11:23pm
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rare
shame on you, your mentality is very odd, you rape women in the square, selfish, arrogant, evil, devil, cru cud...
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Mohamed Ahmed
11-06-2014 08:55pm
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Expected from President Sisi!
This is something the world will remember for a fresh president of a country with so many pending and compelling challenges. Proud of you, Mr. President!
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Allen
11-06-2014 06:50pm
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Human decency by your new president.
Glad to see President El Sisi's showing the right path. Not only to the nation, but to the uncivilized youth who think sexual assault is fun and games.
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Khan
11-06-2014 05:40pm
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Frauds
The time of sisi all these bull shitt hapend .neva hapend before .if sisi wash his hands 10000 times wont romove those bloods the one he did al adavia .where is human rights?where is un ?am sorry all these murderer now speaking about human rights.
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Sheridan
12-06-2014 11:04pm
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EXCUSE me!
What are you talking about - this never happened before Sisi?????? You are clearly living in a country other than EGYPT! Over 90% of women here report being sexually harrased - ALL of that since Sisi?? Wake up!
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m azab
11-06-2014 05:36pm
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Same thing different times.
These Horrendous crimes have been happening For the last 3 years on a regular bases without Getting much attention in the media or from the Police. My obvious questions, why now all the media attention, arrests a reporter getting suspended and and a visit from the president to the victim? I wonder what attention this would of got if this was a protest and not a celebration?
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Ostasia
11-06-2014 04:23pm
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Mr. President
My highest respect to you for facing the reality of an issue that has too long been ignored. Thank you for your apologies and resolve to tackle this epidemic from which every single woman including myself suffer nearly every time we leave our house. God bless you!
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Masry
11-06-2014 03:07pm
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Marsha Allah
This is what true leadership is. Not a retarded group that would say women should have stayed home.
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Farid
11-06-2014 02:50pm
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PR Advice
With all respct to the victim and to Mr. Sisi. One thing Mr. Sisi should pay attention in his PR performance, No Uniform Advisors Walking Behind Him!!! He is Civilian President and uniforms assisting him, don’t help in that image. Best regards.
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Masry
12-06-2014 02:37pm
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Advice move on
The people and the army are one. The Egyptian people have sent that message loud and clear. Unlike beards that are easy to grow.Those uniforms are earned years of hard work traing studying.thanks for the advice given a choice Egyptians have chosen the honorable uniform over the hypocritical beard. Move on sheep
Amanai
12-06-2014 12:38am
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He must have Generals with him
Hi is a dictator, and the military must be with him all the time. Military is on power in
Masry
11-06-2014 08:34pm
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Reality Advice( Move On)
My God what is wrong with you sheep??? Its over Egyptians have spoken loud and clear. The people and the Army are one hand. We would all rather have uniformed Honorable advicers than retards with beards... Wake up get educated and join the new Egypt. we are moving forward with or without you sheep
medo
11-06-2014 07:04pm
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@farid
What a stupid comment!!! Your point obviously proves he is more interested in the welfare of the woman than what he looks like. This is what we so need in Egypt... a man leading the country who loves the people in the country he rules! God bless you President sisi
Ostasia
11-06-2014 04:56pm
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Well meant but
I disagree. It's a Military Hospital first of and it was the Military that came in and evacuated Tahrir and closed it off. I think its admirable that Minister of Defense and Chief of Staff paid respect to the victims.
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Key
11-06-2014 04:40pm
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It's a military hospital
@Farid - Nice try but those are not military advisors! President El-Sisi is visiting a victim at a military hospital so expect to see staff members in military uniform.

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