CAIRO — A video showing a mass sexual assault on a nearly naked woman in the midst of inaugural celebrations for Egypt's new president created a new scandal for the country Monday, with captured scenes showing a police officer with a gun in his hand struggling against a crowd of men to extricate the victim.
A black shirt covered just her shoulders, her backside purple and black with bruises as the frenzied assailants tore it off. Moments later, stripped completely, her limp and reddened body was carried into a waiting vehicle.
Captured in a blurry 2-minute video taken in Tahrir Square during celebrations after the inauguration of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Sunday and circulated via YouTube, the attack is immediately testing his vows to curb the long pattern of mass sexual assaults in the crowds that have formed since the uprising that began in the same square three years ago.
"This is a threat to our security," said Ghada Shahbander, a human rights advocate. "It is a question for every government we have had over the past decade: What are you going to do about it?"