In this Monday, Aug. 20, 2012 photo, young Egyptian women are harassed by a large crowd of men and boys in a park during Eid al-Fitr in Cairo, Egypt (AP)
An 18-year-old man was killed Friday after a fight with the brother of a girl he allegedly sexually harassed in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Beni Suef, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.
Beni Suef Security Director Mahmoud El-Eshiery received a notice from the governorate’s general hospital that it had received the body of a young man that was stabbed in the abdomen on the third day of Eid al-Fitr.
The hospital also received the young man’s brother, 23, who was involved in the fight and is in critical condition.
According to initial investigations, a quarrel broke out following the verbal harassment of the girl, which then led to a dispute between the involved parties.
Investigations revealed that the girl's brother, 26, assaulted the two brothers with a bladed weapon.
Reports of sexual harassment and assaults in crowded areas in Egypt typically surge during the three-day holiday Eid that marks the end of Ramadan.
Sexual harassment was criminalised in 2014. The law imposes jail terms of no less than six months, and/or fines of EGP 3,000 to EGP 5,000 ($419 to $700) on those who are found guilty of sexual molestation in public or private areas.