Brutal death of Egyptian girl in Britain sparks national outrage in Egypt


Published: 2018-03-17 16:21

Last Updated: 2018-03-17 17:27

18-year-old Mariam Mustafa who was attacked by group of girls and died of her wounds.
18-year-old Mariam Mustafa who was attacked by group of girls and died of her wounds.
Roya News Source

Eighteen-year-old Egyptian girl Mariam Moustafa died from her wounds on Wednesday, after being attacked by a group of British girls three weeks ago in Nottingham, England.

Mariam’s death prompted outrage among Egyptians, who, using the trending hashtag "Mariam's rights will not be lost," demanded that British police investigates the incident and punishes the girls who beat her to death.

Mariam who was an engineering student at Nottingham College, was assaulted by group of girls on 20 February.

She was discharged from hospital after the incident, before suffering a brain haemorrhage that led her back to hospital, where she fell into a coma and died on Wednesday, 14 March.

A 17-year-old girl was arrested in connection with the case, however, she was released on conditional bail.

The Egyptian government has also called for a full investigation into Mariam’s death. Additionally, the Egyptian Embassy in London said in a statement that they were “closely” following up on the investigation, and expressed “the need for those responsible to be brought to justice swiftly.”

"The deep concern of the Egyptian public is evident and the embassy remains focused in its efforts to support and assist Mariam's grieving family whose life has been shattered by their traumatic loss," the statement added.

While Mariam’s family said their daughter was a victim of a hate crime, British police excluded any possibility of a hate crime, but confirmed that they will continue to investigate the case.

"At this time, from our investigation, there is no information to suggest that the assault was motivated by hate but we continue to keep an open mind,” the police said.