Man sentenced to a month, fined $22 for slapping woman in a Cairo mall

CAIRO: A man, charged with sexually harassing and committing violence against a woman in a Cairo mall, was sentenced Saturday to a month in prison and fined 200 EGP (around $22) over charges of “slapping” the girl, Youm7 reported.

The Heliopolis Misdemeanor Court issued its ruling against the man in the first trial session of the case that sparked public anger and caused a T.V. presenter to be suspended.

The court said that evidences submitted by the girl, Somaia, have no indications to prove she was “sexually harassed.”

A video, circulated on social media late October showed 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 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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