Court holds 1st trial session of sexual harasser slapped woman in a Cairo mall
Egypt's Supreme judiciary court

CAIRO: The Heliopolis Misdemeanor Court held Saturday the first trial session of a man charged with sexually harassing and committing violence against a woman in a mall, a case that parked public anger and caused a T.V. talk show to be suspended.

A video, circulated on social media late October, showed the woman, Somaia, being slapped by a man after short conversation between them in a mall.

Later, Somaia was interviewed by T.V. anchor Reham Saeed who and aired Somaia’s private photos wearing a bathing suit. Saeed announced on her Facebook that she resigned from the channel.

More than 97 percent of women who have been sexually harassed do not report the incident to authorities to avoid a scandal, according to a 2014 study by HarassMap.

After sexual harassment escalated into several incidents of mob sexual assaults on streets in recent years, Egypt’s Cabinet passed a sexual harassment law in May 2014 to toughen the penalty and broaden the definition of sexual harassment.

Additional reporting by Hanan Fayed.

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