Legal action taken against Egypt “nude revolutionary” activist

Islam in danger from women's bodies: CAIRO: The first legal move against the nude revolutionary pictures have occurred as the Coalition of Islamic law graduates filed a case against activist Aliya Magda al-Mahdy and her boyfriend, and blogger, Kareem Amer, on Thursday accusing them of  “violating morals, inciting indecency and insulting Islam.” The report, which was submitted to the general prosecutor, said the activist published a nude picture of herself “trying to spread her obscene ideology through the nude pictures.” The report was published in full on the coalition’s Facebook page, called for Mahdy and Amer to be punished according to Islamic law.
Aliya Mahdy
“The old constitution and the new declarations of the new one says Islamic law is the source of governing, therefore we asked for Islamic law penalties to be executed on the two bloggers,” Ahmed Yehia, coordinator of the coalition told “It is an insult to the revolution as these two persons who pretend to be one of the revolutionists and asking for sexual freedoms, they are giving the uprising a bad name,” he continued.
“It is our duty to fight corruption and this is a corruption case, we people who are trying to corrupt society with foregion and unacceptable customs like the sexual freedom they ask for,” continued Yehia. Amer had been in the spotlight a few years earlier in Egypt, spending time in jail after he was charged with insulting Islam in one of his blog posts.
Some comments on the above article
1./ I do not agree with what this young woman has done, and I would never do the same. but WHO ARE YOU to decide what she should and should not do? if she wants to post naked pictures of herself then be it! I wish to live in a country where people only focus on themselves and stop caring what other people do. LIVE AND LET LIVE. The girl didn't shove the pictures in your face. If you don't want to see them THEN DON'T. - AHMED
2/. This girl did the right thing. I respect her 100%. She is brave and her image says much more than nudity...  I am an Egyptian girl, and I have been sexually harrassed/ approached dozens of times in Egypt.. by policemen (pretending to question me); taxi drivers; even teachers!!!  My mother always warned me of walking outside at night- and I am 30 yrs old!

I agree with her. The Egyptian streets are full of men who look down at women, disrespect them, and ready to molest them at the first given opportunity.   WHAT'S WORSE is that when you complain to police, they laugh it off- because you are a woman.  Although I have left the country a few years ago, I hope things change soon for Egypt. It's full of sexists, narrow-minded extremists, islamists- not a healthy environment at all. LAILA
3./ I want to say to Mr Yehia, please think before speaking nonsense. You could type "nude girl" in Google picture search and have more than 9 million search which is reachable through any Egypt's ISP. Why would you like to lash only one girl from these 9 million at least? And with all due respect, who the fuck are you to think/decide for the whole society? AHMED ZIDAN
4./ Mr Yehia, should go back to Saudi Arabia!!! I am a muslim and I support freedom for everyone nude or veiled.

Women with sexy eyes in Saudi Arabia may be forced to cover them up, according to the spokesperson of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) in the conservative Gulf kingdom. Spokesman of the Ha’eal district, Sheikh Motlab al-Nabet said the committee has the right to stop a women whose eyes seem “tempting” and order her to cover them immediately.

Saudi women are already forced to wear a loose black dress and to cover their hair and in some areas, their face, while in public or face fines or sometimes worse, including public lashings. The announcement came days after the Saudi newspaper al-Watan reported that a Saudi man was admitted to a hospital after a fight with a member of the committee when he ordered his wife to cover her eyes. The husband was then stabbed twice in the hand.

The CPVPV is Saudi’s Sharia, Islamic law, executive arm and was founded in 1940 to ensure Islamic laws are not broken in public, yet over the years, the committee has been largely criticized over its human rights violations. In 2002, the committee refused to let female students out of their burning schools in Mecca for “not wearing the proper head cover,” which contributed to a large number of dead.

15 young girls died in the fire and dozens more were injured. The CPVPV men banned the firemen and policemen from accessing the girls as “it is not okay for girls to be seen without their full Islamic dress in front of strangers.”

The committee, which only accepts and trains volunteers, has questionable powers on the Saudi street, as they operate under the supervision of the King himself. A Wikileaks document released last year mentioned that “wild Western-style parties” are regularly held at royal palaces in Jeddah, away from the reach of the committee, who stands helpless against any royal violations. 

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