Last Monday, the South Giza Court ordered the release of 15-year-old Amira Ahmed Rizk, who had stabbed to death a man attempting to rape her, after paying a 10,000 EGP bail and being detained for over a month.
Here’s a brief version of the story: A microbus driver had made advances on the junior high school student. When she rejected him, he threatened her with a knife, so she tricked him into thinking he has her consent before taking the knife to stab him 14 times. She then ran to a police station to report her case.
Rizk was seriously criticized for killing the man, as well as getting inside the microbus where the attempted rape occurred. Which truly highlights the lovely victim blaming act in Egyptian society.
On the other hand tho, the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) had commented on the incident in a report and said that they would offer her all the support that she needs.
Official statistics from Egypt’s Interior Ministry’s has rape at 20,000 every year, yet activists claim that it is a lot higher than this.
We have to clean up our act and do better than this, Egypt, we really do.
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