The parliament has finally approved tightening the Criminal Procedure Law over raping children to a minimum of three years in prison and a fine not less than LE 50,000.
The amendment ensures this if the victim has not reached 18 years of age or if the defendant is among those mentioned in the second article of article no. 267, including: those who have power over the victim either at work, family or school; or pressured the victim; or if the crime was committed by two persons or more; or if one of them possessed a weapon, the penalty should be between three to seven years in prison and the fine between LE50,000 to LE100,000.
The proposed bill against sexual harrasment was harshly criticzed by anti-harassment movements in Egypt, who belive that maximizing the years of imprisonment is useless. They named the bill the "Kanoun Nashaz", an Arabic item meaning a "Cacophony Law".
While MP Gamal al-Sherif voiced the opinion that both the harasser and the victim needed rehabilitation.
Sherif stressed that when he served as the head of the Juvenile Department of the Ministry of Interior, they were surprised that many of the young harrasers became homosexuals after they came out of detention.