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60% Muslim male poll respondents admit to abusing women in Egypt


Only 60%? Things must be improving under the new government…

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By  Mohammed El Sadafy
Published Thursday, November 01, 2012

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Majority of women who took part in a survey in Egypt said they have been victims of harassment.

While 60 per cent of men responded saying they had harassed women. Some men resorted to abusing females at regular intervals – on a monthly or weekly basis.

Amsek Motahresh – an Egyptian Association set up to combating harassment of women – announced the results of its survey which revealed 83 per cent of respondents had been abused verbally or physically at some point in their life.

Seventy per cent of them were in hijab when they were harassed, and only 13 per cent were in ‘modern ‘ clothes, it added.

The Amsek Motahresh Association, set up by Egyptian girls after the revolution, conducted the survey including 2,800 men and an equal number of women.

The Association aims to educate women and girls about their rights and encourage them to report the culprits to police.

At present, the association is in the process of identifying areas of rampant harassment and concentrate on educating residents there.

According to Al-Masry Al Youm, during the Eid Al Adha holidays there were 700 cases of harassment reported.

Leila Al Rifai, social researcher, said such cases increased during holidays. She said today culprits go scot-free, unlike in the past when the accused were punished severely. In most cases their heads were shaved.

Eba’a Al-Tamimi, an Association member, also said harassment is not punishable under law and that needs to be corrected.

She added that in most cases women shy away from reporting cases of abuse fearing ridicule.

Meanwhile, a BBC poll asked audience if women should strike back at the accused. 70 per cent respondents said women should take on the accused, while 30 per cent said women should adopt the legal course.

2 thoughts on “60% Muslim male poll respondents admit to abusing women in Egypt

  1. I’ve read accounts from U.S. soldiers who worked with senior Iraqi military officers; these Iraqi officers said that all Iraqi men beat their wives, and that any man who doesn’t beat his wife is a “faggot.” Even good wives, the Iraqi officers explained, must be beaten on occasion so they don’t become bad wives. It’s a very violent society…

  2. It is so shameful to read that it is so commonplace to beat your wife or abuse women. Women who bring forth the children of the world, cook and clean for their families, teach values and meanings of life. How can men is such large numbers beat women? I wish all of the women would demonstrate or protest. Would the men care or just go out and kill them all with bullets. When they returned to their homes would they be met with supportive men who say, yes women should not be abused or would their husband beat them more? If all that happens to them is a shaved head, they must not care too much since they keep beating their wives. Assault should mean jail time. If a person breaks another persons body or bruises it, that person should go to jail. Not for a day or two either. Acid on a persons face should be jail for 10 years. Burning another person should be jail for 20 years. In jail the people should be made to work for the industry they offended. Cooking and cleaning for women’s shelters under the supervision of guards and the one in charge of the shelter. It sounds like all men need required courses in how to treat people and the difference between right and wrong. Very few good men. All women should have men sign a marital contract that if they beat their wives they must give up the ownership of their property to that woman. It must be harsh enough that they will stop beating women.

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