Outrage spread across Egyptian social media after footage of a man sexually harassing a homeless child at the entrance of a residential building in Maadi began circulating.
Al-Masry Al-Youm moved to the scene to investigate, and met a worker at a kiosk near the building who explained that the victim was a homeless child that frequently begs at Horreya Square.
The worker – who chose to remain anonymous – explained that the incident occurred in front of an analysis laboratory located on the property. They added that the woman who first published the video on social media works at the lab and is not a housewife, as was rumored.
The woman saw the man on the laboratory’s surveillance camera, which prompted her to go out and confront him until he ran off.
Outraged social media users demanded that the police arrest the perpetrator swiftly.
The video shows the harasser luring the child away to the entrance of the property by a staircase. He then begins touching her inappropriately, all the while checking to make sure no one is around. His crime is cut short once a woman rushes out of the lab’s door to confront him, leading to an argument before he escaped.
The woman who witnessed the incident and posted the video on her Facebook page wrote that “The incident took place on Horreya Square in Maadi area, inside a property. The harasser called the young girl, and then did what he did as you could see. When I confronted him with the camera and insulted him, he ran away. He must be held accountable.”
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm