Egypt’s Al-Azhar college on Sunday mentioned it had expelled a feminine scholar after she appeared in a video hugging a male colleague, accusing her of undermining the varsity’s popularity.

The video, which went viral earlier this month, confirmed a younger man carrying a bouquet of flowers kneeling earlier than a younger lady after which hugging her in what gave the impression to be a wedding proposal.

The video was apparently not filmed at Al-Azhar — a department of Egypt’s highest Sunni Muslim authority — however at one other institution, Mansoura College within the nation’s north.

Nonetheless the disciplinary council of the Al-Azhar College campus in Mansoura on Saturday “determined to expel the younger woman definitively”, college spokesman Ahmed Zarie instructed AFP.

He mentioned the video had prompted a “public outcry” and that the college’s choice to expel her was as a result of she had offered a “unhealthy picture” of Al-Azhar College, which strictly segregates the genders.

He mentioned hugging between single women and men violates “the values and rules of society”.

The lady, nevertheless, can attraction the expulsion choice, Zarie mentioned.

The younger man who appeared within the video may additionally face sanctions, a spokesman for Mansoura College mentioned, including that the varsity’s disciplinary council will meet on Monday to determine his “punishment”.

Egypt, a predominantly Muslim nation, is a largely conservative society.

Final 12 months, prosecutors detained a feminine singer for 4 days for “incitement to debauchery” after an internet video clip which included sensual oriental dances and suggestive gestures went viral.

And in 2017 one other feminine pop singer was sentenced to 2 years in jail on related expenses, additionally over a video deemed provocative. Her sentence was diminished to a 12 months on attraction.

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