13 referred to criminal court over harassment charges
Attorney General Hisham Barakat - YOUM7/Hossam Atef

CAIRO: Public Prosecutor Hisham Barakat ordered Saturday referral of 13 suspects accused of indecent assault of six women in Tahrir Square last Sunday to criminal court, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm.

Curing President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s inauguration Sunday, at least four women were sexually assaulted during the celebrations in Tahrir Square. Seven people were arrested, aged 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 33, and 49.

A video of one woman being sexually harassed and forcibly stripped in Tahrir Square went viral. The victim Ikram, 43, was attending a public celebration of Sisi’s inauguration with her daughter.

In a video aired by state television, Sisi visited Ikram and assured her the state would take all possible actions and that the law will be firmly applied against her alleged assailants.

Barakat assigned the National Security Sector and the Criminal Investigation Authority at the Ministry of Interior to identify and arrest the person who was filming the harassment video at Tahrir Square, according to Youm7.

After the video of Ikram being sexually harassed went viral, several human rights organizations called for punishing the defendants.

Around 200 participated at a protest in Cairo’s upscale district Zamalek on Saturday, condemning sexual harassment and calling authorities to take action against such acts.

Two men were arrested during the anti-sexual harassment protest for verbally harassing female protesters Saturday and two protesters were arrested for holding banners that claim the police harass women.

After the video of Ikram was published online, many women who were harassed started talking about their own harassment incidents they were subjected to in addition to other videos that were uploaded during the past week.

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