11 June 2014

Egypt: Al-Sisi Apologises to Sex Attack Victim

Photo: Ahmed Hamed/Aswat Masriya
Egyptian women protest. The country has been declared the "worst Arab state for women" (file photo).

Cairo — Egypt's newly elected President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi apologised to a woman sexually assaulted by a mob during celebrations of his electoral victory and inauguration in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

State media showed al-Sisi presenting red flowers to the victim when visiting her at a military hospital in Cairo on Wednesday.

His visit comes after a two-minute graphic video apparently showing a woman being stripped naked and attacked in Cairo's Tahrir Square went viral.

According to the last statement issued by Egypt's prosecutor general on Monday, the 42-year-old woman was celebrating with her 6-year old daughter when she was stripped naked as attackers grabbed her body parts. She then tripped over a large canister of hot water and after hitting the ground, she became the victim of multiple sexual assaults.

Nine men have been arrested in connection with the attack.

Activists welcomed the gesture by el-Sissi, but said it would prove empty if not followed up by concrete steps toward preventing such acts and punishing perpetrators.

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