Manama: Authorities in Egypt have taken stringent measures of installing surveillance cameras in various parts of the nation’s major streets and squares in a bid to curb the growing rate of sexual harassment cases during the Muslim festival of Eid.
“The cameras will detect cases of harassment as a step to show images of the offenders on television stations and websites,” Gulf News quoted a ministerial official, as saying.
According to the report, the festival in recent years has seen an increase in incidents of harassment, mainly in shopping malls and outside cinemas.
The problem is believed to have worsened in recent months due to a security breakdown that hit Egypt following the revolt that toppled president Hosni Mubarak in February last year, the report said.
Many female foreign reporters covering mass protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square along with women of the nation have repeatedly complained of being groped and sexually harassed by mobs during various occasions, the report added.