Cairo - Egypt's new president has weighed in on one of the nation's most troubling social ills, ordering his interior minister to do whatever it takes to combat sexual harassment.
A presidential spokesperson says Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi also called for the decisive implementation of a new law that punishes convicted harassers with up to five years in prison.
A string of sexual assaults on women during celebrations marking al-Sisi's inauguration on Sunday, including a mass attack on a mother and her teenage daughter, marred the occasion and sparked outrage.
The spokesperson, Ehab Badawi, said on Tuesday that el-Sisi also instructed Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim to honor a policeman who came to the teenager's rescue.
The nation's chief prosecutor, meanwhile, ordered three men arrested in connection with sexual assaults Sunday immediately put on trial.