Arab world is shocked by the horrible murder of a woman

Naira Ashraf

Egypt EgyptThe Arab world was stunned by the barbaric execution of a young lady in broad daylight on an Egyptian street, which highlighted the epidemic of gender-based violence in that nation.

According to Egyptian prosecutors, Naira Ashraf, 21, was fatally stabbed on Monday by a guy whose approaches she turned down. Ashraf was studying at Mansoura University in northern Egypt, where the event occurred. The suspect was apprehended outside the university.

This week, a video captured by a neighboring CCTV camera of a man assaulting a woman outside of the university went viral throughout the Arab world. The video does indeed depict the incident that led to Ashraf’s death, according to a lawyer for his family who confirmed this to CNN.

According to the Egyptian prosecutors, the suspect has been charged with premeditated murder and will face trial there. Sunday is the date of the first court appearance. The suspect or his family could not be reached by CNN for comment, and it was not immediately known if he had legal representation.

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Gender-based violence is a problem that affects a lot of people in Egypt, according to experts on women’s rights, and a number of societal and legal issues continue to make it difficult to take effective action.

According to Lobna Darwish, gender and human rights officer of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), “Naira’s killing was definitely not an unique instance. However, violence against women is now receiving greater attention.”

The data are limited because the state does not properly record these instances, yet abuse cases are reported in the media virtually regularly. We are observing disturbing patterns, she continued. Since the murder, the Arabic counterpart of the hashtag #Justice for Naira Ashraf has become extremely popular across Arab nations.

Azza Suliman, an Egyptian lawyer and the director of the Center for Egyptian Women and Legal Assistance, stated, “We need a law that combats violence. In order to build trust between women and the state apparatus, she continued, there must also be a polite and dignified dialogue about women.

According to Ashraf Abdelkader, the father of the murdered victim, the suspect had often proposed marriage to her but had been turned down. He stated that the suspect reportedly made up bogus accounts to follow her on social media. Finally, in April, Abdelkader requested a restraining order.

She didn’t want to get married; instead, she wanted to pursue her work as a flight attendant, according to Abdelkader. The victim and her family tried everything to safeguard Ashraf, according to Darwish, “and yet again, the entire system — whether social or legal, failed.”

According to Suliman, “rehabilitating the channels for justice, which include the police, judges, and prosecutors,” is necessary if women are to feel secure enough to disclose such incidents. Some people’s response to the murder was to place the victim under suspicion. Mabrouk Atteya, a divisive former TV anchor, suggested in a social media video that women “should cover up” to prevent guys from killing them.

If you feel like your life is valuable, leave the house entirely covered up to prevent those who wish to kill you from doing so, Atteya advised on a live stream. “Women and girls should cover up and dress loosely to stop the temptation,” she added.

Social media users were outraged by Atteya’s remarks, which led to a campaign calling for his arrest. Although Egypt is moving toward stronger sexual harassment regulations, Darwish emphasized that there is still a lack of enforcement among the police and society, which deters many women from obtaining legal counsel.

CNN’s request for comment was not answered by Egypt’s State Information Services. It was impossible to contact Egypt’s National Council for Women.

According to state media, Egypt’s government toughened its sexual harassment regulations in June of last year by increasing fines and lengthening prison terms. Sexual harassment is outlawed in Egypt. In terms of gender disparities in health, empowerment, and economic activities, the United Nations Development Program rated Egypt 108th out of 162 nations in 2019.

Nine women were charged with violating family values last year after posting videos on social media platforms where they danced and sang and asked millions of followers to earn money, according to Reuters.

Darwish remarked, referring to men who place the burden of modesty and morality on women that “the state promotes this kind of discourse in any manner by criminalizing women for the way they dress or how they present themselves.” In reference to violence against women, Darwish stated, “This occurs frequently.” Just not on camera, please.

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