Since 2006 Eid holiday, the issue of sexual harassment finally started to arrive at the forefront of one of the gravest social issues facing Egypt.
That year, a mob of youth attacked many females on the streets of Cairo.
Since the revolution, there have been many more reports of mobs attacking women in the streets. Many initiatives have formed to combat this malaise.
Eid this year saw a group called Catch a Harasser.
Watch this video to see them in action:
It is disturbing how the new government that claims to be revolutionary still stands by and watches the recurrence of this behaviour, leaving people to take a stand and form a pseudo-police force to protect fellow female citizens.
I feel this could possible lead to violence. Pride is a major factor with the culprits, and when it is tarnished in this way, they are likely to seek vengeance. Who will protect these men as they protect the hapless victims in the streets?
PM Qandil mentioned making a law to address this issue, but the time for talk is over. The rampant repulsive behaviour must be stopped now before it leads to more deaths and destruction of this society.
There must be solid enforcement of a law that must be issued today, not tomorrow.