Sexual assault punished in Egypt first time in history – where 99% of women are harassed

The Muslim Issue

Egypt jails nine men convicted of sexual assault during Sisi inauguration rally

Campaigners against sexual violence welcome long prison terms, as seven given life and two 20-year sentences

Patrick Kingsley in Cairo, Wednesday 16 July 2014 17.13 BST

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

The outcry over the assaults led Egypt’s new president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, to visit one of the victims in hospital. Photograph: APA images/Rex Features

Egypt continued its campaign against sexual crime on Wednesday, handing down a series of lengthy jail terms for nine men convicted of assaulting and raping women during a mass rally to celebrate the election of the country’s new president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Seven men were sentenced to life imprisonment and two others were jailed for 20 years for sexually assaulting several women during a rally in Tahrir Square on 8 June. The incidents, one of which was captured on video and circulated widely, caused outrage…

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