Egypt: a new student stabbed to death by a rejected comrade

A view of the city of Zagazig located 60 km north of Cairo in Egypt (Illustrative image).

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Egypt is shocked by a new savage and public murder of a student in the city of Zagazig about sixty kilometers northeast of Cairo.

Seventeen stab wounds were struck by the assassin, a rejected lover.


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Egyptian prosecutors announced early Wednesday that they had detained a student for the murder of a fellow student who refused his advances, two months after a similar killing sparked outrage in the country.

Two weeks ago, a court asked to broadcast live the execution of the murderer of Nayera Achraf, a student stabbed to death outside her university in June to " 

deter as many 

people as possible ".

On Tuesday, however, a 22-year-old Egyptian "

 stabbed the victim, Salma, several times with a knife

 ", a few steps from the Zagazig courthouse, the prosecution reports.

Also 22 years old, according to the local press, the victim was studying journalism in this city 60 km north of Cairo.

A “

new Nayera Ashraf


The alleged murderer now faces the death penalty in the country that distributes the most capital punishments in the world for having killed the one that many Egyptians now call "

 the new Nayera Achraf

 " on

social networks

, where the case is debated.

For many Internet users, "

 Salma was murdered simply because she was born a woman in a misogynistic society


But in the conservative country, many others blame the girl who " 

shouldn't have been friends with a man 


 As long as there are supporters who apologize to the perpetrators of these crimes, they will continue

 ,” concludes another Internet user.

Egyptian women say they are regularly exposed to violence and wronged by the law, in a country where strict Islam has steadily gained ground since the 1970s. According to the authorities, nearly eight million women had suffered violence. in 2015 by a spouse, relative or stranger in the public space.

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(with AFP)


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