While most Cairenes took their bathing suits and tanning oils to embark on the adventure of getting the perfect tan during the Eid break, the less fortunate of us had the big city to themselves.

With Ka7k in their stomachs and the flickering, and multi-coloured lights illuminating the streets, families and young Egyptians took the streets of Cairo like there was no tomorrow. But, some young Egyptians believed that there were no boundaries to what they can do- apparently, they were wrong!

According to the Head of the Ministry of Interior, Egypt’s police force arrested 84 individuals during the first two days of Eid-El-Fitr for sexual harassment- most of these arrests were carried out by policewomen.

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Photographs and videos went viral across social media outlets, showing policewomen doing what it needs to be done to stop harassment in public areas. This generated buzz from tech-savvy users, who praised the initiative to employ more women to battle sexual harassment.

Due to the increase to the number of harassments during public holidays, Egypt’s police had urged women to report such incidents and to never remain silent.

The department dealing with violence against women, headed by Colonel Manal Atef, was established in 2013. Following this, Egypt passed an anti-harassment law in 2014, which penalizes those found guilty of sexual harassment with a fine of LE 3,000 to LE 5,000 and/or a jail sentence of no less than six months.

 

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