Egyptian actress, Rania Youssef is facing trial next month for what ‘a group of lawyers’ call ‘indecent exposure’ in public. According to reports, the actor has been charged with public obscenity and will be facing trail next month. News of charges against the Egyptian actor came when she was seen attending the closing ceremony of a film festival in Cairo wearing a see-through embroidered gauze dress that revealed the entirety of her legs.
According to reports, three lawyers have accused the actor of public exposure “inciting debauchery and temptation” and “spreading vice in ways that violate established norms in Egyptian society.”
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While the actor faces trail charges, accusation against her remains divided. Some defended the popular Egyptian actor saying that she can wear what she chooses to while others took a reverse approach by calling her names. One Twitter user wrote, “This dress and design is called ‘I forgot my trousers while going to be honoured.” Another Twitter user commented, “Rania Youssef is looking gorgeous.” He wrote in a message in English. “I don’t get why everybody is mad at her.”
Youssef had just finished shooting for the film Aswar Aaliya (High Fences), in which she plays the role of a famous artist who is sent to prison.
This is, however, not the first-time public figures have come under scrutiny of the masses. In 2016, author Ahmed Naji was handed a two-year prison sentence after being charged with obscenity for publishing a book with references to sex and drugs.
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Egypt as part of an Arab country is vastly dominated by the Muslim majority which so to say have a more conservative approach in regards to their customs and traditions. And despite the growing spread of secularism, the country still maintains the remnants of the older religious conservatism. Youssef’s case once again serves a reminder that Islamic fundamentalism still pervades society five years after an Islamist president was ousted by the military.
Rania Youssef’s trial is scheduled to begin on January 12. And if found guilty, the 30-year-old actor might have to serve up to five years behind bars.