Muslim mob in Egypt strips 70-year-old Christian woman

May 30, 2016

By Associated Press in Cairo

A Muslim mob stripped a 70-year-old Christian woman and paraded her naked on the streets in an attack last week in which seven Christian homes were ransacked and torched in a province south of the Egyptian capital.

According to the local Orthodox Coptic church and security officials, the assault in the Minya province village of Karama on Friday began after rumours spread that the woman’s son had had an affair with a Muslim woman – a taboo in conservative Egypt.

Police have arrested six men suspected of taking part in the violence and are looking for 12 more, the security officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media.

Anba Makarios, Minya’s top Christian cleric, told a talkshow host on the private Dream TV network that the woman was dragged out of her home by the mob, who beat and insulted her before stripping off her clothes and forcing her to walk through the streets as they chanted Allahu Akbar, or “God is greatest”.

The woman reported the incident to the police five days later, said Makarios, adding that she had found it difficult to “swallow the humiliation” she suffered.

The incident, intensely publicised since Wednesday night, has unleashed a flurry of condemnations on social media networks where users accused ultra-conservative Salafi Muslims of being behind the violence. The hashtag “Egypt stripped naked” on Twitter gained traction shortly after it was introduced.

Extramarital affairs or sex between unmarried couples are taboo among both Muslims and Christians in Egypt. Such incidents often attract violent reactions in rural areas, where questions of honour can lead to deadly family feuds that endure for years or result in ostracising of the perpetrators.

Christian men cannot marry Muslim women in Egypt unless they convert to Islam first, but Muslim men can marry Christian women. An affair between a Christian man and a Muslim woman is almost certain to cause a great deal of trouble if the couple are found out, particularly in rural areas.


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10 comments on “Muslim mob in Egypt strips 70-year-old Christian woman

  • I suppose Islamic scholars would argue that the perpetrators aren’t real Muslims; and they should know; after all, they’re Islamic scholars.

  • Here is the BBC report: –

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-36391383

    Houses were set on fire and an elderly woman was stripped of her clothing and paraded naked through the streets of a village in Egypt on Friday.

    Inter-religious violence erupted in Minya province after rumours of a love affair between a Christian man and a Muslim woman.

    The Church said that after the Christian man had fled the village, his mother was beaten, insulted, stripped of her clothes and paraded through the streets by a group of people.

    Egyptian media said there were up to 300 people involved.

    Muslims torched six or seven Christian homes in the village on the same day.

    Later, Christians burned down three Muslim homes. Six people were arrested.

    Christian men cannot marry Muslim women in Egypt without converting to Islam first. Sexual relations between people who are not married to each other are taboo among both Muslims and Christians there.

    Those “civilising peaceful benefits of religions” with their preoccupations with other people’s sexuality!!!!!

  • All of this is archaic! Why does his mother pay for this perceived transgression? In other news, an imam elsewhere declared that photography is a sin, especially images with cats. These “leaders” just decdie what disgusts them at a given moment, and make ridiculous proclamations. Moderate Muslims…I can’t hear you!

  • @OP – Christian men cannot marry Muslim women in Egypt unless they convert to Islam first, but Muslim men can marry Christian women.

    So:- Why is there conflict between Allah’s “superior” followers of “the religion of peace”, and God’s chosen Zionists?????????????

  • Their great civilisation went by they wayside millennia ago. Another few millennia before this country can drag itself out of some social backwater. Poor ignorant sods.

  • SGT #6
    May 31, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    In other news, an imam elsewhere declared that photography is a sin, especially images with cats.

    Look on the bright side!
    In some parts of the world, some big cats will eat Imams who want to argue that cats are sinful! 🙂

  • SGT #6
    May 31, 2016 at 5:55 pm
    In other news, an imam elsewhere declared that photography is a sin, especially images with cats.

    Of course, as we know from the destruction of archaeological sites in Syria and Iraq, Islamic god-delusions don’t tolerate any hint of other gods ever being worshipped – so all those pyramids for Pharaohs and the Sun god Ra – covered in images of cats – must be “evil”!!!

    http://www.touregypt.net/egypt-info/magazine-mag04012001-magf1.htm

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