Egypt’s prosecution ordered on Wednesday the detention of two young men for four days pending investigation into bullying, intimidation and assault charges.
A TikTok video that went viral earlier this week showed the two men bullying a young man with special needs, scaring him by ordering their dog to attack him several times.
The video showed the dog trying to bite the terrified young man as he pled with the dog owner to stop the attack.
The video received angry reactions among social media users who demanded the arrest of the two men for bullying the helpless young man.
Earlier this week, parliament approved amendments criminalising bullying in the country for the first time, introducing penalties including fines and jail terms.
The amended law states that a defendant charged with bullying is sent to a six-month jail term and/or fined no less than EGP 10,000 and no more than EGP 30,000.
If the incident involves more than one defendant, the penalty is increased to at least a year in jail and/or fined no less than EGP 20,000 and no more than EGP 100,000.