Egyptians dance as they celebrate after the swearing-in ceremony of President elect Abdel Fattah Sisi, in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, June 8, 2014. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ordered the interior minister to fight sexual harassment following the arrest of seven men for attacking women near Cairo's Tahrir Square during his inauguration celebrations, his office said on Tuesday.Egypt issued a new law last week which punishes sexual harassment with at least six months in jail or fines of at least 3,000 Egyptian pounds ($420). Sexual assault was rampant at demonstrations during and after the 2011 uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak and has been common for a decade at large gatherings in Egypt.Seven women encouraged by public sympathy for the victim seen in the YouTube video filed complaints saying they were also harassed during Sisi's inauguration celebrations.Sisi has frequently spoken highly of women and their importance to society.
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