Dar Al Iftaa rejects mocking of people, says bullying prohibited in Islam

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Sun, 20 Sep 2020 - 12:24 GMT

A Sudanese students is bullied by an Egyptian teenager - Photo Courtesy of Ramy Radwan' Facebook page

A Sudanese students is bullied by an Egyptian teenager - Photo Courtesy of Ramy Radwan' Facebook page

CAIRO - 20 September 2020: Dar AL Iftaa has rejected the act of bullying and mocking of people, stressing such a behavior is against Islamic teachings.


Dar al Iftaa posted an animated movie on Youtube to promote respect for the private life of others, calling it a religious and moral duty. Islam prohibits bullying and ridiculing people through mocking words or looks, it stressed.

 

Bullying is a type of violence intentionally and repeatedly exercised by a child on another child in person or online, ranging from physical harm to verbal and psychological abuse which can lead to exclusion, depression and sometimes suicide. It is a terrible phenomenon against which several actors have decided to join hands.

 

On July 2020,a misdemeanor court in Imbaba district, Giza, sentenced two young men to two years in prison over charges of bullying a Sudanese child. The court also ruled that each defendant shall be fined LE 100,000.

 

In November 2019, the police arrested the defendants after a video circulated on Tik Tok application, showing two young boys verbally abusing and bullying a young South Sudanese student, mockingly telling him to take “one beautiful photo” with them and refusing to let him leave for school.

 

Four days ago, the Egyptian Cabinet approved new amendments to the Egyptian Penal Code to add new articles criminalizing bullying.

 

The new article stipulated that whoever shows off strength or power, makes fun of the a person's weakness, or insults their sex, religion, race, physical appearance, state of health, mental condition, or social level, with the intent to intimidate them or ridicule them, is considered a bully.

 

The bill approved sentencing one who commits such crime to not less than 6 months in prison, in addition to paying a fine of not less than LE10,000 and not more than LE 30,000, or one of these two penalties.

 

The article indicated that the punishment is tightened if the crime of bullying is committed by two or more people or by a person who has authority over the victim, to reach an imprisonment sentence of not less than 1 year and a fine of not less than LE 20,000 and not more than LE 100,000, or one of these two penalties. If both conditions apply, the penalty shall be doubled.

 

Egypt has recently started to take steps to raise public awareness about the negative impact of bullying on children and society.
 
 
Under the auspices of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM), Egypt’s first national campaign calling to end peer-to-peer violence was launched in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Technical Education (MOETE) in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and funded by the European Union (EU).


No child should experience the anxiety and hurt that bullying puts them through, which – just as all types of violence against children – is likely to impair healthy brain development, cause low self-esteem and in severe cases can lead to suicidal feelings,” stated Dr. Azza al-Ashmawy, secretary general of NCCM.
 

“This campaign urges children, parents and caregivers to speak up against bullying in educational and non-educational settings, and seek guidance from trained professionals through the national Child Helpline 16000 that provides 24/7 support, and is also an active channel to report severe cases, in which the safety of a child is at risk,” Ashmawy added.


A study conducted by NCCM and UNICEF in 2015 on three governorates showed that the highest level of violence facing children occurs at home, followed by school, with 29 to 47 percent of children (aged 13-17) reported that physical violence among peers was commonplace.

 

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