An Egyptian actress is facing the next month, charged with public obscurity after she appeared at the closing ceremony ceremony in Cairo, dressing a garment that revealed the whole network of her legs.
The trial of Rania Youssef, which is scheduled to start January 12, follows a complaint to the chief prosecutor by a group of lawyers against the actress.
Egypt is largely a conservative country with Muslim majority. The Arab country of 100 million people has secured tracking of secularism in recent decades, increasing religious conservatives, but the case of Youssef serves as a reminder that Muslim fundamentalism continues to have a voice five years after a Islamist president was expelled by the military in mass protests against his rule.
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Youssef faces up to five years in prison if convicted, a judicial source told the AFP news agency. She is accused of "urging debauchery".
The 44-year star was excused for the costume, saying she would not have used it, if she knew it would cause such discussion.
"It was the first time that I was carrying it and I did not realize that it would burn so much anger," she said in social media.
"I reaffirm my commitment to the values on which we were raised in the Egyptian society."
It is not the first time that a female public figure in Egypt has faced charges for carrying out clothing.
Egyptian actress accused of an obscene action to take reveal clothing at Kair's Kana Festival
Rania Youssef was accused of urging "immorality and promoting vice", after a group of lawyers made a complaint to the country's chief prosecutor. pic.twitter.com/UYcY73B8D9
– Ashraf Sherjan? (@ASJBaloch) December 1, 2018
Last year, an Egyptian court jailed singer Shaimaa Ahmed for two years – later reduced to the year – to appear in a music video in her underwear while in a sense of eating a banana.
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