The accused people- press photo from the Ministry of Interior
CAIRO – 1 October 2020: Egyptian security forces arrested six teenagers harassed an African girl in Zahraa Nasr City district, Cairo as per an arrest warrant from the Egyptian General Prosecution, according to a statement from the Egyptian Ministry of Interior on Thursday.
After checking the surveillance cameras in the site of the incident via using the advanced modern technologies, the security forces arrested the accused people, who are living in the slum area of Ezbet el-Haggana, in Nasr City.
Video footage went viral on Facebook on September 29, showing a group of teenagers harassing an African girl near a tuk-tuk, while she was returning home from her work.
Immediately, the National Council for Woman (NCW) filed a lawsuit before the Attorney-General Hamada Al-Sawy’s office. The NCW thanked the Attorney-General for his quick response.
Since July 1, 2020, an anti-harassment campaign was re-launched in Egypt to get rei of this phenomenon in society and encourage girls and victims to report such incidents.
The Egyptian cabinet approved new amendments to the Criminal Code per which the identity of sexually-assaulted victims shall not be revealed. Revealing victims’ identities is punishable for up to 6 months in prison and a fine of no more than 5,00 EGP. The NCW will speak on behalf of the victims when they report about such crimes to “to protect the reputation of the victims, by not revealing their identity in crimes related to indecent assault, corruption of morals, exposure to others, and harassment,” according to a statement from the Egyptian Cabinet early July.
CAIRO - 9 July 2020: Multiple Egyptian girls and women filed official complaints against the same man, Ahmed Bassam Zaki, who within days, became a public opinion case, especially after an Instagram page that was set up to expose him identified 93 credible accusers, some as young as 13.
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