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About a 100 activists, political parties and non-governmental groups have issued a statement calling on Morsi to protect women against what it said was growing incidents of harassment against women, particularly those not wearing the Muslim veil.

“These incidents don’t constitute just assaults on women, but on the entire Egyptian society that has over many centuries been characterized by intellectual and cultural diversity,” said the statement. “They require swift measures from the relevant state institutions and the president that guarantee the protection and safeguarding of women’s dignity and the security and safety of the whole society.”