Date
23 September 2017
Safinaz, a well-known belly dancer in Egypt, was jailed for six months in March for insulting the national   flag. Photo: Gulf News
Safinaz, a well-known belly dancer in Egypt, was jailed for six months in March for insulting the national flag. Photo: Gulf News

Egypt jails belly dancers for ‘inciting debauchery’

An Egyptian court has sentenced two belly dancers to six months in jail for inciting debauchery.

The case of Suha Mohammed Ali and Dalia Kamal Youssef — known in the trade as the Egyptian Shakira and Bardis – stemmed from complaints filed by lawyers who said their performances on video were an outrage to public morality and harmful to the image of Egyptian women, BBC News reported.

In March, another dancer named Safinaz was sentenced in March to six months in prison for insulting the national flag after she appeared in a video wearing a dress in its colors.

Still another dancer, Salma el-Fouly, was jailed for six months in July for a video in which she wore skimpy clothes while making fun of male gropers.

The male cameraman was also jailed for six months, while a second man who produced and appeared in the video was sentenced in absentia to a year in prison, the report said.

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