The murder of a woman in Egypt on Monday shook the Arab world. According to CNN, Naira A. * († 21) was stabbed by a man who denied her advances. That too during the day.
The suspect was arrested outside Mansoura University in northern Egypt, according to Egyptian prosecutors. This tragic incident which is said to have taken place there – A. who studied at this university.
Surveillance camera showed action
Footage recorded on a nearby surveillance camera is said to show the crime. The video went viral across the Arab world this week. The young woman’s family’s lawyer confirmed to CNN that records show her Naira was killed.
According to the Egyptian public prosecutor’s office, the accused must answer for intentional murder. The first court hearing was held on Sunday. The U.S. television station was unable to contact the suspect or his family.
The young woman has rejected several of the culprit’s marriage proposals, as A.’s father told the TV station. And has followed him by creating fake accounts on social websites. “She did not want to get married. She wanted to continue her business. A. wanted to be a flight attendant,” her father said. A. finally applied for a restraining order in April.
According to Egyptian women’s rights experts, gender-based violence is widespread in the country. Social and legal deficiencies will make the situation worse.
“Naira’s murder is certainly not an isolated case,” Lopna Darwish, a gender and human rights official with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), told CNN.
In addition, according to Darwish, there will be a data shortage due to the government not properly documenting such incidents. However, every month, one reads about abuse in the news. “We see dangerous patterns,” the expert continues.
According to Darwish, the victim and her family would have taken all measures to protect the young woman – in vain. “The whole system – community or law – has failed.”
“Women should cover themselves completely”
However, not all reactions to A.’s death were positive. Some even accused the teenager of murder.
The same is true of the controversial former TV presenter Mabrook Atteya. She commented on social media: “Women and girls need to hide themselves. If you feel that your life is precious, cover the whole house and leave to prevent those who want to kill you from killing you, “Atteya said in a live stream.
His speech caused a great stir on social media. It was so big that it started a campaign calling for the arbitrator to be arrested.
Despite the laws, there is a lack of enforcement
Darwish said that despite progress in Egypt’s law on sexual harassment, there is still room for improvement, especially in terms of policing and social enforcement.
In June 2021, the government tightened the legal situation. State media have reported that the fine is now higher and the jail term has been extended. (dzc)
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