- Middle East/North Africa
Students from Ain Shams University have formally charged three professors with sexual harassment.
Leila Aboul Magd, the head of the Faculty of Arts Hebrew Department, accompanied the 25 students to file the complaint with the public prosecutor. The students allege that the professors forced them to take private lessons, manipulated their exam results and sexually harassed them.
Seven human rights organizations have issued statements expressing solidarity with the students.
The plaintiffs had first reported the problem to several media outlets on Thursday after the university refused to investigate the matter.
The National Council for Women demanded that the dean and the minister of higher education immediately take action. Ain Shams administration has since pledged to fire the professors.
Aboul Magd told the privately owned ONTV satellite channel on Wednesday that the students had shown her evidence of the harassment.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm