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On March 13 19-year-old Coptic Marian Rafat was attacked while leaving church in Al Fashn center, Beni Suef Province. A man named Gamal Nasser approached her and was harassing her as she was attempting to go just next door to go home.
When Marian rebuked him, he beat her, even using a broken bottle to hit her face. Marian lived very close to the church, and after attacking her, the man went after her home and parents. Both her parents suffered and he ransacked their home.
Later that day, Marian’s father entered a report with the police. Gamal also filed a report against Marian. On March 15 however, authorities arrested Gamal. Marian and her family’s lawyer, Emad Monier, reported that they were ordering a criminal investigation into the case.
Marian’s family is seeking justice for her and encouraging her to exercise her rights. Some are suggesting a reconciliation meeting, which is common in these areas to help calm the local tensions and another incident does not flair up.
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While this may be an individual case, yet it follows a repeated pattern of abuse, humiliation and at times worse. We cannot absolve the authorities, be they the government, the President, the Al-Azhar University/Mosque, governors, mayors or organizations. It is impossible to ignore the incitement of the Muslim extremists, like the Muslim Brotherhood, the Salafists and other underground bodies serving the same vile purpose. The New Testament of Holy Bible reads “Vengeance is mine I will repay sayeth the Lord.” The Old Testament reads “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” How about the Quran. Has it nothing dealing with punishment of Muslim offenders? I wonder. Saba E. Demian, M.D.