Egypt Independent

Morsy meets with interior minister over sexual harassment

President Mohamed Morsy met with Interior Minister Ahmed Gamal Eddin on Tuesday to discuss security and ways to address widespread sexual harassment


Presidential spokesperson Yasser Ali said that Gamal Eddin submitted a report to Morsy on the security situation in Egypt in general and during Eid al-Adha, noting that Morsy stressed to Gamal Eddin the interior ministry's responsibility to fight crime and harassment.

Ali said in a press conference that Gamal Eddin reported increased police presence during Eid al-Adha and noted that 1,006 criminal complaints were filed.

Morsy told the interior minister that human rights violations should not take place after the revolution and stressed that police performance must be improved, Ali added.

During Eid al-Adha, 727 cases of verbal and sexual harassment were reported, typically taking place in public areas such as malls, movie theaters, beaches, and squares, security sources said Monday.

Activists say that the police do not deal with harassment complaints properly and typically allow offenders to get away with their attacks.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm