Egyptian actress charged with obscenity, could face 5 years in prison for wearing this dress that showed too much leg

An Egyptian actress faces up to five years in prison for the “crime” of attending a film festival in Cairo this Thursday while wearing a partial see-through dress that revealed her legs.

Following actress Rania Youssef’s otherwise noncontroversial appearance at the event, a group of lawyers in the Muslim-majority nation filed a complaint against her with the nation’s chief prosecutor, according to the Associated Press.

And given as Egypt is essentially an Islamic state that subscribes to Sharia law, the prosecutor chose to go ahead and charge the actress with public obscenity.

The allegedly indecent dress she wore may be seen below:

(SUHAIL SALEH/AFP/Getty Images)

But it’s not just actresses who face persecution in Egypt. Anyone unfriendly to the country’s host religion has faced persecution, including Christians in particular.

“Christians in Egypt are facing unprecedented levels of persecution, with attacks on churches and the kidnap of girls by Islamist extremists intent on forcing them to marry Muslims,” The Guardian reported at the start of the year, citing a report by the charity Open Doors.”

“According to Open Doors, 128 Christians were killed in Egypt for their faith and more than 200 were driven out of their homes in 2017.  It attributed the rise in persecution to ‘the overspill of Islamic terrorists driven out of Iraq and Syria.'”

“There is only a minority of violent extremists, but the culture in Egypt cherishes the perception that Christians are infidels,” an anonymous Christian from Cairo said to the paper.

Youssef has been all too aware of the rising Islamic radicalism in her country. Despite being a Muslim herself, she dreads the idea of Egypt transforming into an “Islamic caliphate.”

“I want Egypt to keep its secular identity which has been there for a while,” she said during a discussion about an election that year that featured candidates from the Muslim Brotherhood.

While Egypt currently boasts one of the most Christian-friendly presidents in its history, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, this doesn’t mean the country isn’t riddled with Islamic extremism.

“You hear the president speaking about Christians with a lot of respect and sympathy,” Jones said. “Then you have have the local authorities in villages and towns – police, judges, business owners – and it’s evident that many of them are infected with a rejection of Christianity. You see this in daily practices – not usually violence, but discrimination.”

And on the national level too, as evidenced by Youssef being charged. Her trial starts Jan. 12.

Despite clearly being a free-thinker, the actress has reportedly apologized for her alleged indiscretion, writing in a Twitter statement that she never meant to anger anyone, and that she still respects the morals and values of her country

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The reaction on social media to Egypt’s attempt to prosecute the actress have not been pleasant.

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But stunningly enough, some people agree with the charges against her:

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