Was talking with my dearest friend Nahla about the current events in Egypt when this conversation started…
Mayada: Did you hear that there were two marches recently against sexual harassment but some men actually attacked and sexually harassed the women in those marches?
Nahla: NO?! Seriously?!
Mayada: Yes. I really wish there could be a radical punishment to sexual harassment… like castration!
Nahla: Oh, that would be very harsh. But I completely agree with it.
Mayada: I think if it is inflicted as a sentence, it will eradicate this phenomena. The only problem is, it is not really a sentence mentioned in the “shari’a” (Islamic laws).
Nahla: Yeah, but I think we have to be innovative a bit since such incidents did not happen in the old days of prophet Mohammed (PBUH).
Mayada: God, you’re right!!! I never heard of such incidents that happened back then. There are incidents of and sentences / punishment for adultery but not for sexual harassment or rape as far as I know. So, they would do such a horrible deed (adultery) but at least when the two parties agree to it. No forcing was involved.
Nahla: Even with animals there’s no forcing. It happens when both the male and female are ready and they agree on mating.
Mayada: Yes! Even if the male/female is not accepted by the partner, they just wait for the following mating season.
I really hope there would be a very strict punishment for sexual harassment – not just imprisonment!