Egyptian singer detained for ‘vulgar’ video

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Shaima Ahmed, an Egyptian pop-singer to be detained for a week over her racy video. The Egyptian prosecutors have charged the singer for inciting debauchery in her music video.

On Saturday she was arrested in her house in the Cairo quarter of Al-Nuzah. Her arrests came in response to the several complaints made by the country’s top prosecutors.

Her video titled, ‘I Have Problems’ was released last week online that provoked a massive public outcry in Egypt.

The video immediately went viral on social media and was even discussed on TV talk shows.

After her detention, the prosecutor ordered an investigation. In the investigation, the singer blamed the director of the video Muhammad Jamal, for asking her to do sexually inciting moves.

“I was a tool in the hands of the director, who guided my movements and requested me to do some displays,” she was quoted as telling investigators.

The court has now ordered the arrest of the director as well.

In the video, the 21-year-old singer is playing a teacher at a school for young people. She is seen shedding parts of her clothes and using fruits during instruction. Those movements were interpreted as stimulating sexual desires.

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“The content of the video clip is harmful to the Egyptian society said Jalal Awara, a member of parliament. There must be a firm stance against promoters of this substandard art,” he added in media remarks.”

Shaima Ahmed can face up to three-years imprisonment if convicted.

Owing to the rising problems of sexual harassment in the country, the Egyptian legal system has become more watchful against every act deemed as harmful to the morals of Egyptian society.

A large number of Egyptians blame the ‘lewd’ material on the Internet for this ongoing menace.

The conviction for acts like this is common in Egypt as in 2015, two belly dancers were jailed for six months on the charges of inciting debauchery in their video.


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