Adly Mansour issues anti-sexual harassment law
Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Interim President Adly Mansour issued a decision to amend some articles in the criminal law issued in 1937 to include criminalizing sexual harassment, president spokesperson Ehab Badawy said, Youm7 reported.

The amendments stated that any person who sexually harasses a man or a woman will be imprisoned for at least six months, fined 3,000 to 5,000 EGP, or both.

If the act of sexual harassment is repeated through stalking the victim, the punishment will be at least one year imprisonment, a 5,000 to 10,000 EGP fine, or both.

If the harasser is the superior of the victim professionally, educationally, or a relative and pressures the victim or if the crime is committed by more than one person, or has a weapon, the imprisonment will be from two to five years and the fine between 20,000 and 50,000 EGP.

A 2013 United Nations study found that 99.3 percent of Egyptian women have been sexually harassed. Non-governmental organizations and anti-harassment movements have been pressuring the government to address the chronic problem of sexual harassment.

The penalties for indecent assault in the Egyptian Penal Code had been toughened in 2011 by the then-ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) to deter wide-scale violence against women, in light of the widespread lawlessness that followed the January 25 Revolution.

Presidential candidate Abdel Fatah al-Sisi told ONtv on Tuesday that he would use the media, education, and legislation to address the chronic problem of sexual harassment.

Additional reporting by Mohamed al-Galy.  

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