Ac­tress faces jail in Egypt for wear­ing ‘ob­scene’ dress

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

An Egyp­tian ac­tress has been charged with pub­lic ob­scen­ity over a dress that was deemed to be too re­veal­ing.

Ra­nia Youssef ap­peared at the clos­ing cer­e­mony of a film fes­ti­val in Cairo wear­ing a see-through dress which re­vealed the en­tirety of her legs.

Her trial, sched­uled to start on Jan­uary 12, fol­lows a com­plaint to the chief pros­e­cu­tor by a group of lawyers.

Egypt is a mostly con­ser­va­tive coun­try with a Mus­lim ma­jor­ity.

The Arab state of 100 mil­lion peo­ple has re­tained ves­tiges of sec­u­lar­ism de­spite decades of grow­ing re­li­gious con­ser­vatism, but Youssef’s case serves as a re­minder that Is­lamic fun­da­men­tal­ism con­tin­ues to have a voice five years af­ter an Is­lamist pres­i­dent was ousted by the mil­i­tary amid mass protests against his rule.

Youssef, who is in her 30s, faces up to five years in prison if con­victed.

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