Fe­male stu­dent hugs male friend, gets ex­pelled

The Gulf Today - - MIDDLE EAST -

Egypt’s Al Azhar univer­sity on Sun­day said it had ex­pelled a fe­male stu­dent after she ap­peared in a video hug­ging a male col­league, ac­cus­ing her of un­der­min­ing the school’s rep­u­ta­tion.

The video, which went vi­ral ear­lier this month, showed a young man car­ry­ing a bou­quet of low­ers kneel­ing be­fore a young woman and then hug­ging her in what ap­peared to be a mar­riage pro­posal.

The video was ap­par­ently not ilmed at Al Azhar but at an­other es­tab­lish­ment, Man­soura Univer­sity in the coun­try’s north.

Nev­er­the­less the dis­ci­plinary coun­cil of the Al Azhar Univer­sity cam­pus in Man­soura on Satur­day “de­cided to ex­pel the young girl deini­tively” univer­sity spokesman Ahmed Zarie said.

PUB­LIC OUT­CRY

He said the video had caused a “pub­lic out­cry” and that the univer­sity’s de­ci­sion to ex­pel her was be­cause she had pre­sented a “bad im­age” of Al Azhar Univer­sity, which strictly seg­re­gates the gen­ders.

He said hug­ging be­tween un­mar­ried men and women vi­o­lates “the val­ues and prin­ci­ples of so­ci­ety.”

The woman, how­ever, can ap­peal the ex­pul­sion de­ci­sion, Zarie said.

The young man who ap­peared in the video could also face sanc­tions, a spokesman for Man­soura Univer­sity said, adding that the school’s dis­ci­plinary coun­cil will meet on Mon­day to de­cide his “pun­ish­ment.”

Last year, pros­e­cu­tors de­tained a fe­male singer for four days for “in­cite­ment to de­bauch­ery” after an on­line video clip which in­cluded sen­sual ori­en­tal dances and sug­ges­tive ges­tures went vi­ral.

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