Tue, 09 Mar 2021 - 11:16 GMT
A screenshot showing the harasser captured by a surveillance camera.
CAIRO – 9 March 2021: A wave of anger dominated social media platforms in Egypt after a footage leaked from a surveillance camera in a residential building in Maadi district showed a man sexually assaulting a girl.
The video showed the man smiling and calling out on the girl to come to him, and then he took her near the stairs, where he committed his crime. The man was caught by a surveillance camera when he touched the young girl’s body and tried to carry her but the girl ran away. A door suddenly opened, and a lady showed up after she saw the pedophile on the camera installed on the first floor.
The video showed the child abuser trying to deny the accusation, while the lady was pointing to the camera as a proof of his crime. The man then left away, but the camera captured his face clearly. Some social media users circulated an account on Facebook that helped identify the man.
For her part, Dr. Maya Morsy, the head of the National Council for Women, praised the lady’s stance in revealing the incident.
“Thanks for the rapid move by the public prosecution, the police, the National Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and the Cabinet’s office for complaints…and we are closely following up on social media platforms,” Dr. Morsy said in a statement.
She further added “it is clear that this molester is used to commit such crime.. but he is now exposed, the girl is rescued and the state will move to get the right of this girl and other children whom he might have abused.”
She also assured that the Penal Code stipulates in Articles 268 and 269 that whoever commits indecent assault against a person by force, threat or attempts to do so, shall be punished with hard labor imprisonment, and in case the victim is below the age of 18 years old, the violator will be punished by hard labor imprisonment for a period not less than seven years.
Cairo Investigative department is currently checking the footage to determine the molester’s identity, and arrest him.
Some social media posts referred to the pedophile’s social status as a married husband and having kids, calling to stop sharing his leaked video. However, these calls instigated anger comments by many users who refused to give an excuse for the harasser, and reiterated their calls to hold him accountable for his crime.