Seven given life for Egypt assaults
July 16, 2014 6:27 pm
A court in Egypt has sentenced seven men to life in prison and two others to 20 years for sexual assaulting women last month.
The women were attacked in Cairo during celebrations following the election of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.
Afterwards, Mr Sisi ordered officials to enforce a new law making sexual assault a crime for the first time.
Women’s rights groups have in the past accused the Egyptian authorities of failing to tackle the issue.
A 2013 UN study found nine out of 10 Egyptian women had experienced some form of sexual assault, ranging from minor harassment to rape.