Arabic news sources are reporting a ‘viral video’ published yesterday which purports to show a young blonde girl being ‘harassed’ and even ‘molested’ on a university campus in Cairo, Egypt.
The video (below) shows a girl with peroxide blonde hair wearing a pink top, marching through the university. She reportedly attracted the attention of dozens of male students who can be heard shouting and wolf-whistling in the clip.
Al Arabiya reports:
Cairo University guards escorted the student off campus after she hid in the toilets from the dozens of male students who were allegedly trying to remove her clothes.
The bellicose harassment at one of Egypt’s largest universities sparked outrage after the video went viral on social networking sites and was picked up by local media.
The head of Cairo University, Gaber Nassar, initially found himself in trouble after the incident, calling the woman’s outfit a “mistake”. He said the “unconventional,” outfit was what led to the harassment, though he was quick to add on Twitter that he was not justifying the incident.
This girl entered the university wearing an abaya (loose cloak) and then took it off in the faculty, and appeared with those clothes, that caused, in reality — but this doesn’t justify at all [the incident].”
Women’s rights activist Mariam Kirollos said on Twitter that the Nassar “should be interrogated and expelled” and that “investigations into the incident should start immediately.”
A UN report from 2013 showed that more than 99 percent of women in Egypt have been subjected to a form of harassment.