The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs <a href="https:\/\/en.wikipedia.org\/wiki\/Parliament_of_Egypt">Committee<\/a> in the House of Representatives will hold its meeting next Tuesday to discuss amendments of some provisions related to the Code of Criminal Procedure. The amendments are based on the text of Article "96" which obligates to protect the victims' identity while under investigation.\r\n\r\nThe amendments aim at protecting the victims' <a href="https:\/\/see.news\/finally-fairmont-hotel-talks-about-gang-rape-allegations\/">reputation<\/a>, as it obligated not to reveal their identities in the crimes related to defilement and harassment for fear of the victim's reluctance to report these crimes.\r\n\r\nThe amendments to the law also aim at protecting the victims and encouraging them to submit their evidence in light of the changes that prevent the detection of crimes and reaching their perpetrators, especially as crimes of indecent assault and harassment are crimes that affect the reputation of the victims, which may lead to failure to report for fear of undermining their reputations.\r\n\r\nThe amendment guarantees the confidentiality of the victims' data and is presented to the court and defense whenever requested. The amendments added Article No. \u201c113\u201d, which indicates that the investigating judge has a circumstance that appreciates the failure to prove the victims' data in any of the crimes stipulated in Chapter Four of the Penal Code or in both articles. \u201c306\u201d A or \u201c306\u201d B of the same law, or in Article \u201c96\u201d of Law No. 12 of 1996 issuing the Child Law.\r\n\r\nThe Council of Ministers had approved the draft law submitted by the Ministry of Justice, which aims to preserve the confidentiality of victims' data in crimes of harassment and sexual assault, by not recording their names in the records and papers circulated, and keeping them in a sub-file in the possession of the investigator, and whoever discloses this secret shall be punished with Article 310 of Penal Code.\r\n\r\nThe Ministry of Justice had clarified the aim of the legislative amendment, stating that it came within the framework of the state\u2019s concern to preserve moral values and principles, and given the recent reluctance of some victims to report crimes that occurred to them, for fear that they would affect their reputation and harm them\r\n\r\nThe Ministry added that the Council of Ministers approved the bill submitted by Counselor Omar Marwan, Minister of Justice, which aims to preserve the confidentiality of the data of victims of harassment and sexual assault, by not proving them in the records and papers circulated, and keeping them in a sub-file in the possession of the investigator.