CAIRO: The “I Saw Harassment” initiative announced it rescued two foreign women from collective harassment by a group of young people while they were wandering along the Nile corniche on the first day of Eid al-Fitr.
Fathi Farid, coordinator of the “I Saw Harassment” initiative told The Cairo Post Monday evening that the initiative would unveil its report about harassment cases by midnight, saying that report will include the actual number of incidents occurring across the country during the first day of Eid al-Fitr and the assessment of the procedures taken by security officers when the victims reported the assaults.
In a Monday phone interview on ONTV channel, Farid said that the initiative had monitored six cases of sexual violence in greater Cairo by mid-afternoon, including two cases of mob harassment. He also added that the field police stationed in the streets are not qualified for dealing with such types of crime.
“The rate of violent sexual crime has significantly increased since 2005 without any confrontation or serious interference from the government to eliminate it,” Farid said.
Farid added that “sexual harassment is not a phenomenon but a crime according to the Egyptian law,” and that the role of the initiative during the Eid al-Fitr holiday is essentially to offer awareness, then to monitor, document and immediately intervene in cases of individual or mass harassment.
Additionally, the “Eid Without Harassment” campaign announced Monday evening on its Twitter account that it had received reports of nine harassment cases in Alexandria and Cairo.
However, Gen. Hany Gerges, head of Cairo’s Qasr El-Nil Police Station, denied these claims, saying that only one harasser was arrested and asserting that no one has been arrested on charges of harassment since early this morning, Sadah al Balad reported Monday. Gerges said that he did not receive any complaints, reports or even notifications about sexual violence until now.
In 2013, “I Saw Harassment” said that 63 percent of their volunteers during Eid Al-Fitr in 2013 were women, with 20 percent of them having experienced sexual harassment themselves.The initiative reported 65 cases of harassment during Eid Al-Adha in October 2013.