Egyptian prosecutors have dropped a case against a Muslim mob that allegedly stripped an elderly woman naked and paraded her in the streets in central Minya province. The prosecutors cited lack of sufficient evidence as the reason for dropping the case, International Business Times reports.
The lawyer of the 70-year-old woman, Eihab Ramzy, said on Sunday that the incident happened in May 2016 after the mob heard rumors that her son was dating a Muslim girl. Such relationship is taboo in majority Muslim and conservative Egypt.
The woman, Souad Thabet, said she and her family are unable to return home because of threats by Muslim extremists in the village. “The government is allowing the oppressors to walk free on the streets. This is our village that we were born and raised in…How can we be the victims and not be able to return to our village and homes?”
Ramzy said local authorities have urged the family to reconcile with Muslims in the village.
Commenting on the prosecutors’ decision, the lawyer told The Associated Press, “It’s a calamity. The preliminary investigation heard testimonies supporting her account from family members and policemen at the scene.”
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi reportedly called for holding the perpetrators accountable. He ordered the military to restore property damaged during the violence, at no cost to the owners, within a month.
In a presidential statement issued at that time, el-Sissi had also praised the role of “glorious Egyptian women”, saying that “the rights and the protection of their dignity are a humanitarian and patriotic commitment before being a legal and constitutional one.”
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