It’s Shocking How This Woman Was Treated By Egyptian Men At A Cairo University

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Fatimah Mazhar
This disturbing video from Egypt proves how people in this day and age still think a woman deserves to be harassed if she isn’t covering herself.

This disturbing video from Egypt proves how people in this day and age still think a woman deserves to be harassed if she isn’t covering herself.

The footage, which emerged earlier this month, shows a woman, wearing a pink top and fitted jeans, being harassed and groped as she walked across Cairo University – one of the country’s largest institutions.

The men can be heard wolf-whistling at the young lady as she tried to get away from the wild crowd.

Some of the male students reportedly ripped her clothes after which she was escorted out by campus security guards.

The entire incident was filmed by a couple of bystanders and uploaded on social media websites from where it went viral and made it to international news publications.

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The video also garnered the attention of the university’s president Dr. Gaber Nasser who blamed the female student for wearing “unconventional” clothes.

"The girl took off her abaya (loose cloak) inside the university and appeared with those clothes – which was a reason for what happened … we don't require a uniform here but clothes should be within the tradition of our society,” Nasser told OnTV, a private Egyptian network.

However, he said that it didn’t justify what happened to the young woman, adding the authorities were looking into the case and would soon find out who was involved.

Last year in May, in order to observe and experience the treatment of women – with or without scarf – an Egyptian man dressed up as a female and entered the streets of Cairo.

What he found was that clothing had absolutely nothing to do with the way men behaved towards women. Covered or not, the treatment was the same.

The video above is undoubtedly shocking but it’s not an uncommon occurrence in Egypt – a place whichwas deemed the worst country to be a woman in – two ranks lower than Saudi Arabia, according to a Thomson Reuters Foundation poll last year.

Egypt is predominantly Muslim, with around 80 million of them comprising 94.7% of the population, as of 2010. 

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