Tahrir assault ‘catastrophic disaster': I Saw Harassment
Citizens celebrate Sisi's inauguration in Tahrir Square - YOUM7/Hassan Mohamed

CAIRO: The group sexual assault of a woman in Tahrir Square during the inauguration of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi “was a catastrophic disaster by any measure and the decree [by former president Adly Mansour against harassment] needs not less than five to six years in order to be activated,” said Fathi Farid, the founder of anti-harassment campaign I Saw Harassment.

“Despite the new decree issued by Egypt’s former president Adly Mansour criminalizing sexual harassment, at least ten cases of sexual assault were reported in Tahrir Square Sunday where peoples were celebrating the inauguration of new elect president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi,” he told The Cairo Post Monday.

A video of a girl sexually assaulted and left naked after a mob harassment in Tahrir Square Sunday went viral and outraged advocate groups who blamed the Ministry of Interior’s security plans during the celebrations.

Farid said that despite tens of attackers, only seven were arrested.

Solving Egypt’s sexual harassment problem requires the combined efforts of many actors, such as the ministries of health, culture, education and interior, added Farid.

Moustafa Thabet, the police officer who rescued the girl from being harassed said in a phone interview on the Tahrir Channel that the girl was harassed for more than one hour, saying that he was trying throughout this period to get to the circuit where the girl was trapped in order to scare off her attackers.

“When I reached her, I found her clothes were completely ripped off so I fired warning shots in the air but the harassers ignored it,” Thabet added.

There have been numerous incidents of mob harassment and gang rapes of female protesters and journalists since the outbreak of the January 25 Revolution in 2011.

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