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Egypt to Fight Sexual Harassment by Broadcasting Attackers

Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Egypt launched a campaign to protect women from sexual harassment by videotaping attackers and broadcasting the images, state-run Middle East News Agency said.

Cameras will be sited in major squares and streets to capture images of men harassing women, MENA reported today, citing the Interior Ministry.

Sexual harassment is one the most common problems facing girls and women in Egypt’s streets and public places.

The National Council for Women is preparing a full anti-harassment campaign with help from the Interior Ministry, and had suggested harsher penalties for such offenses, MENA said, citing the council. The project would be finalized before the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. The festival often witnesses the highest rates and worst cases of sexual harassment, said Mervat El-Talawy, the council chairwoman.

To contact the reporter on this story: Salma El Wardany in Cairo at selwardany@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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