Egypt Tightens the Punishments regarding Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment and crimes are getting more and more violent these days, mainly in Muslim-majority nations. The topic has been gaining more and more popularity among the conversations and has become a national issue for Egypt. Thus to ensure a total curbing of sex crimes, the Egyptian parliament has approved harsher and strict penalties for such crimes.

The crimes rate has increased these days in the country. People started posting accusations against sexual harassment and sexual assault on social media platforms. One more aspect the campaigners observe that women are the reason more than men for such sex crimes. This shows a profoundly rooted bias in Egypt that is possible for such a mentality. But the parliament has considered the plead very seriously. And has imposed more harsh punishments on such crimes so that women in the country no longer feel deprived of help and justice.

Most of the time culprit gets loose from the punishment due to the laws, which are not very tight. Or in another case, like the one in 2014, when a woman says that she had been gang-raped in a luxury hotel in Cairo. The public prosecutor takes over the case. But unfortunately, he had to shelve the case in early May due to the lack of evidence against the culprits.

Punishments for sexual harassment

The parliament has hardened the punishments in several manners. Referring to the amendment by the parliament. The penalty for sexual harassment is a minimum of one year in prison to a minimum of five years. Or a penalty of 3,00,000 Egyptian pounds starting from 20,000 pounds. In situations like professional and familial relationships or a condition of weapon, involvement could result in a minimum of five to seven years of prison and a ten times increase in the penalty, i.e., 5,00,000 Egyptian pounds. Accordingly, there’s also an increase in the punishments for stalking and general harassment.

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