NEWS DESK: A 20-year-old Egyptian woman, named Rania, became the first to get a court ruling against a sexual harasser, reported Al-Arabiya.
Rania, who is a resident of Qena in Upper Egypt, sued her sexual harasser, who got three years in jail. As recorded on video, she first beat him up after he touched her against her will and insisted on not letting him get away with the act.
The 25-year-old man, identified as Islam, groped Rania when she was on her way to a local market. The act was caught on a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera. The video was used as evidence against the sexual harasser in court after it went viral on social media.
The footage showed the victim — dressed in a long, black robe wearing a blue headscarf — being targeted by a man in a red shirt. She reacts by running after him, banging his head with her bag several times, to which he reacted by beating her. A man on a motorcycle intervenes, trying to stop them from beating each other, but fails. Unfazed by the harasser’s violence toward her, the woman insists on getting a hold of him, until passers-by surrounded the two of them in an attempt to defuse the situation.
The Masrawy news website reported that Islam was sentenced to three years in jail - the first case to get a ruling against a sexual harasser in Upper Egypt.
Rania might be one of the few girls who came forward with their experience to put an end to sexual harassment as many victims refuse to speak out, out of feelings of fear and shame, said the report.
Harassers now face fines ranging between EGP 3000 ($175) to EGP 5000 ($285) and years of imprisonment as new forms of firm legal action to be taken against them since years.
Social media users have praised Rania's actions for helping to highlight the importance of standing up to harassment. They have also pointed towards how the problem lies with the perpetrator and not with the victims' clothes.
Dear sisters if only she was fully covered this wouldnt have happened....oh wait... https://t.co/7ihkfQcUFn
— I. (@imdadawan) February 21, 2018
— Rukshana Choudhury (@Rukshana_Journo) February 21, 2018
#Hero!!!#SexualAssault is a massive problem in #Egypt and it needs to change urgently. Many men there would like to do more but face violence and harassment. #Rania is a woman of great strength. Women face violence or exclusion for even talking about being assaulted.
— Springburn Reject (@therebel11) February 21, 2018
— Astarel (@Astarel_stone) February 21, 2018