13 face trial for Egypt sex attacks
Published 14/06/2014 | 15:42
Thirteen men have been referred to trial for assaulting women during a public rally, in what is the first implementation of tough new penalties against rampant sexual violence, officials in Egypt's top prosecutor's office said.
The referral comes less than a week after a mob brutally attacked and sexually assaulted a group of women during celebrations following the inauguration of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi.
The speedy trial reflects a government push to address the issue. Harassment has long been a problem, but assaults have become more frequent and gruesome over the past three years.
Mr El-Sissi visited one of the survivors in hospital, apologising and promising tough actions against the attackers.