9 Minya policemen detained for covering up sexual abuse
Egyptian police - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Nine policemen were detained pending investigations Sunday on charges of covering up sexual harassment in Minya, Upper Egypt, Youm7 reported.

A 19-year-old girl filed a report to the head of New Minya’s police station Ehab Taha, and accused two undercover policemen of sexual harassment and forcing her into an apartment for further abuse.

As Taha gave her report, the two low-ranking policemen and seven of their colleagues closed the station and assembled outside it to prevent the legal escalation of the case. The same day, all nine were detained pending investigations.

Minya prosecution also ordered the detention of a housewife for hiding the girl in her apartment to facilitate the policemen’s crime, as well as using the place for practices “contrary to public morals.”

In August, a low ranking policeman was detained on charges of raping a mentally-challenged girl in Cairo. In September, he was referred to Cairo Criminal Court.

However, his crime may not amount to rape because, according to local newspapers, he “raped his victim anally.” Only non-consensual, out-of-wedlock vaginal penetration with a penis is considered rape in Egyptian law. Any other form of coercive sex is considered indecent assault or sexual harassment, which results in far less severe penalties.

According to a law adopted by the Cabinet in May, if sexual harassment is inflicted by a relative, a caregiver, or someone with a professional or educational authority over the victim, or one who coerces or extorts the victim, the perpetrator would be jailed for two to five years and fined 20,000 to 50,000 EGP ($2,796 to $6990.)

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