Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Egypt delivers first prison sentence for public sexual harasser  

A survey conducted by the Egyptian Centre for Women's Rights showed that as many as 83% of Egyptian women and 98% of foreign women have experienced some form of sexual harassment or unwarranted sexual advances in Egypt in public. Noha Rushdi Saleh, a 27-year-old well-known film director, became one of those women when she was persistently harassed and groped in the streets of Cairo by an Egyptian man, Sharif Gommaa. He trailed her in his car, and at one point grabbed her breasts so hard that she fell to the ground.

Though the country's criminal code outlines a prison sentence and fine for sexual abusers, never before has Egypt issued a prison sentence for sexual harassment of a woman in public. The harasser faces three years in jail with hard labor, and Noha will receive 5,001 Egyptian pounds ($895) in compensation.

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1 comments: to “ Egypt delivers first prison sentence for public sexual harasser

  • February 19, 2010 at 12:26 AM  

    i think it's great Egypt is finally taking steps to defend the rights of women. although it's something that should have been done many years ago. hopefully this "advancement" will continue with other aspects of Egyptian life. hopefully soon women will have equal footing in other places in society. and hopefully this step will encourage other countries in the area to get a move on with their protection of women's rights!