Mar 19 2014
EGYPT: Cairo University student’s unconventional clothing nearly gets her raped by rabid male students
In a video that has gone viral on social networks, Cairo University security guards escort a student wearing tight black pants and a long sleeved pink top after she had to hide in a toilet from dozens of male students who were sexually harassing her.
Now we just have to hope her family won’t ‘honor kill her.’
News24 More than 99 percent of women in Egypt have been subjected to a form of harassment, according to a study carried out in 2013 by UN Women. Women report that they are harassed regardless of whether they are dressed in conservative Islamic veils or Western-style clothing.
University dean Gaber Nassar said the student’s outfit, which he described as “a bit unconventional,” led to the harassment, quickly adding that he was not justifying the incident. “This girl entered the university wearing an abaya (loose cloak) and then took it off in the faculty, and appeared with those clothes, that caused, in reality — but this doesn’t justify at all” the incident, Nassar said on private Egyptian channel ONTV. “I repeat that those who (harassed the girl) will be severely punished,” he wrote.
He said university guards turn away students who show up at campus dressed inappropriately. Most of Cairo University’s female students wear jeans and tops and avoid revealing clothes, and many wear the traditional Islamic headscarves, as do the majority of Egypt’s women.
Fathi Farid, with an anti-sexual harassment group, said male students had verbally attacked the woman and attempted to undress her. “The worst is that people always find justification for the harassment and blame it on the victim,” said Farid, founder of the “I saw harassment” campaign that documents sexual harassment against women.