News

Egyptian school students arrested for sexual harassment

Egyptian school students arrested for sexual harassment
Egyptian women protesting during a recent anti-sexual harassment protest, prior to the release of the anti-sexual harassment law.
Egyptian women protesting during a recent anti-sexual harassment protest, prior to the release of the anti-sexual harassment law.

Male students were arrested Tuesday in Sohag for sexually harassing female classmates, reported Al-Ahram’s Arabic website on Tuesday.

The 23 students harassed their female classmates during their end of year examination which took place inside their school.

Earlier last month, a man was sentenced to one year in prison and fined 10,000 LE (1,427 US dollars) after he was found guilty of sexually harassing a woman at the Dokki Metro station.

Sexual harassment continues to be an epidemic in Egypt with almost 99 percent of women surveyed in a report released April 2013 by the United Nations in collaboration with Egypt’s Demographic Centre and the National Planning Institute, have reported being sexually harassed.

The crackdown on sexual harassers began last month after a new anti-sexual harassment law was approved by the cabinet, criminalizing sexual harassment.

For the first time in Egypt, sexual harassment has been defined in the law. The anti-sexual harassment law defines a sexual harasser as one who, “accosts others in a public or private place through following or stalking them, using gestures or words or through modern means of communication or in any other means through actions that carry sexual or pornographic hints.”

The law also sets penalties and punishments for offenders with sentences ranging from one year to ten years and a fine ranging from 10,000 LE to 20,000 LE.

Previously, Egypt had no specific law forbidding sexual harassment. However, some articles in the penal code were sometimes enforced in the occurrence of harassment cases.

Former Military Chief Sisi Sworn In As Egypt's President
The stigma of being mentally ill in Egypt's Abassiya Hospital

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Egypt’s Sisi Makes ‘First Step’ in Recognizing Armenian Genocide: ANCE

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 19, 2019

Uber Egypt Will Start Paying Value-Added Tax to Appease White Taxi Drivers

Nour EltiganiFebruary 19, 2019

Explosion Behind Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 18, 2019

Photojournalist Shawkan’s Release Procedures Supposedly Underway

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 18, 2019

Apple and Google Urged to Remove Saudi App ‘Absher’ for Tracking Women

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 18, 2019

Egyptian Parliament Member Encourages Egyptian Students in Sudan to Come Back Home

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 18, 2019

Egypt’s New Capital to Be First ‘Cashless’ City in the Country

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 17, 2019

Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Education Launch a Campaign For Anemia, Dwarfism and Obesity

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 17, 2019
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.