128 cases of verbal harassment in Cairo on 3rd day of Eid: I Saw Harassment
Sexual harassment - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Some 128 cases of verbal and 11 cases of physical harassment were observed on the third day of Eid, watchdog group I Saw Harassment reported.

The group said there was a continued decline of security presence in downtown areas, and there were few female police officers after 8 p.m. on the streets.

On the second day of Eid al-Adha, there were 112 reported cases of verbal harassment, and 24 cases of physical sexual harassment, watchdog group I Saw Harassment reported Saturday morning.

The group, which announced before the holiday it would deploy volunteers to the streets to protect women from sexual harassment. The organization reported 78 cases of verbal harassment and 9 physical cases from the first day, despite police announcements that there would be more officers patrolling the streets to prevent harassment.

I Saw Harassment has called on the Cabinet to merge women’s rights cases in its coming plans for a “real application for the equality between both genders.

A report released by the United Nations in June 2013 calculated that 99.3 percent of Egyptian women have been sexually harassed, either verbally or physically.

The punishment for sexual harassers was toughened under amendments adopted by former interim President Adly Mansour, and assaulters now face up to five years in prison.

Two defendants were sentenced in August 2014 to life in prison over charges of mob sexual assault and attempted murder in Tahrir Square that occurred in early June, while another was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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