Egypt: fighting sexual harassment a religious, national duty

“Those who don’t do anything to prevent sexual assaults will be punished by God for their crimes,” said Mohammad Mukhtar Jomaa, the minister of religious affairs. (Photo courtesy: Youm7)

Fighting sexual harassment is a religious and national duty, Egypt’s Ministry of Religious Endowments said Thursday, ONA news agency reported.

“Those who don’t do anything to prevent sexual assaults will be punished by God for their crimes,” said Mohammad Mukhtar Jomaa, the minister of religious affairs.

The statement comes after a series of sexual assaults on women during celebrations marking Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s inauguration as president.

Last week, former interim President Adly Mansour signed a law criminalizing sexual harassment. Those found guilty now face large fines and long jail terms.

More than 99% of Egyptian women have been subjected to some form of sexual harassment, the United Nations said in a study published last year.
 

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