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.