`Eid Celebration Marred By Cairo youths Lining Up To Sexually Assault Girls

Mideast Egypt

By Isa Abu Jamal

A recent UN survey reported that 99.3% of Egyptian women have experienced sexual harassment. While this might not sound too dissimilar to experiences in other nations, many women in Egypt have been experiencing increasingly physical forms of sexual harassment. Of that 99.3%, over 60% characterize this harassment as been sexually assaulted.

During one round of protests in Tahrir Square, the world caught a glimpse of the brutalization of a female protester having her clothes ripped or dragged off of her, by an overzealous police force.

This attack sparked outrage throughout Egypt and the world abroad. But recently, there has been an increasingly organic form of such physical assaults.


Recently Cairo youths snapped a picture of teenage boys taking turns groping a young hijabi Muslimah during a crowded `Eid al-Fitr celebration.

The young girl can be seen folding her arms and sitting at the foot of a tree, in an attempt to shield herself.

The teens also chased down another girl but this was not photographed. Young women in Egypt claim that these attacks seem to be on the rise in Egypt since the recent ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Is there a connection? That remains to be seen. But this problem began long before the Muslim Brotherhood were ousted, yet for whatever reason we might conclude, such attacks seem to be on the rise. All the can be said for certain is that in spite of many Western proponents of the Revolving-Door Revolution, the country seems to be degrading in many ways.

Posted in: Rape, Sexism

3 Comments on "`Eid Celebration Marred By Cairo youths Lining Up To Sexually Assault Girls"

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  1. kate says:

    How do you know it is on the rise since the MB’s ouster? Where is your data coming from Ya3ni. It was still a huge problem before the ouster. I think the only rise in any data would be the fact it was Eid, which is a common time for a huge increase in assault.

    • raja says:

      Where is your proof that eid is a common time for a huge increase in assault; are you trying to imply that eid promotes assault? When you make such vile comments you should make sure you back it with strong and reliable proof not just verbally attack a religion that promotes peace.

      • Kate says:

        That’s not what I was saying at all. I live in Egypt and I’m Muslim. I know not to go out in the streets alone during Eid celebrations because harassment is more prevalent. I don’t know why. It’s not about Eid it’s about the time and the people. I guess maybe because all the kids are out of school?
        I saw an article about it a long time ago. I will try to find it and post.

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