Two Egyptian men get a year in jail, fines for sexual harassment

El-Sayed Gamel El-Din, Monday 23 Jun 2014

Ruling comes on the heels of recent efforts by government to combat sexual harassment, an endemic problem in the country in recent years

A Cairo misdemeanour court has sentenced two Egyptian men to a year in jail and fines of LE5,000 each for sexually harassing a woman inside a shopping mall in the eastern district of Nasr City.

The prosecution's investigations stated that the men were arrested after verbally harassing the victim inside the shopping mall.

The ruling comes almost two weeks after the government issued a law that punishes sexual harassment with at least six months in jail or a minimum fine of LE3,000.

Sexual harassment has been increasingly commonplace in Egypt in recent years, particularly in large gatherings like protests.

Two weeks ago, graphic video footage circulated online of a naked and badly bruised woman being sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square during celebrations for the inauguration of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

The video provoked a huge public outcry, prompting the government to draw up a plan to combat sexual harassment.

At least seven were arrested for attacking women near Cairo's Tahrir Square during the 9 June celebrations of El-Sisi's inauguration. A dozen others are to stand trial on 25 June over sexual assaults near Tahrir earlier this month.

Last Wednesday, two men were handed a six-year jail term each for harassing women.

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