Azza Al-Garf, member of Egyptian People’s Assembly – the lower house of Parliament currently in the middle of a constitutional controversy, affirmed she whole-heartedly supports the protection of women’s rights, safeguarding them, their freedom and their dignity against assaults of all kinds.
In a statement to Ikhwanweb, Al-Garf said: "I am deeply sorry for what happened to this young journalist", adding: "In Egypt, there is a law criminalizing harassment and assault; it should be applied firmly against any person involved in infringement on the freedom or dignity of women.
"I fully support the right of women to come out, to protest and demonstrate; and the law protects their right to do so. I do not doubt that there are supporters of the counter-revolution who are desperately determined to tarnish the image of Tahrir Square, behaving in such criminal and totally unacceptable manner that definitely does do not reflect our values ??and our attitude towards visitors of Tahrir Square. This certainly is not representative of Egypt or Egyptians."
The British newspaper "The Daily Mail" journalist, 21-year-old Natasha Smith, described that a group of men in Tahrir Square attacked and assaulted her as she walked around the square filming celebrations of the election results on Sunday, June 24.