While Ugandans are busy trying to find a decent internet connection, an Egyptian woman was recently arrested by authorities for baking what was claimed to be ‘indecent’ cakes according to local media.
The Egyptian lady in question is said to have baked cakes that had a similar resemblance to genitalia and underwear which were all done in fashionable style with icing on top and served at a birthday party at an exclusive Cairo sports club.
The cakes became a trending topic after the photographs went viral attracting a lot of attention towards the Egyptian baker who was arrested and later released on $319 (UGX 1,177,369) bail. Reports also state that the people behind the party may face legal action too.
The Egyptian woman, who had baked the cakes as per instruction of the partygoers found herself in hot soup with the authorities after her works of art went viral on the internet forcing a major religious body to take action.
The top religious body warned that such baked goods were forbidden by Islam, and aren’t permitted in the country as they go against their beliefs.
Dar al-Ifta wrote on Facebook that products featuring sexual representations were “an assault on the value system and a crude abuse of society”.
The ministry of youth and sports is reportedly looking into the involvement of the club that hosted the private gathering.
#Egypt : The pastry chef of somewhat risque little cakes shared by group of women at the Gezira club in Cairo has reportedly been arrested- in latest social media outrage being stirred up over purported moral breach – as TikTok influencers etc have also suffered #نادي_الجزيره pic.twitter.com/7tULlxFRuD
— sebastian usher (@sebusher) January 18, 2021
Egyptian woman arrested for baking indecent cakes
Human rights lawyer Negad El Borai tweeted that the incident confirmed: “there is a segment of society, with support of the state, that wants to eliminate any space for personal freedom in Egypt under the pretext of safeguarding Egyptian family values”.
Borai compared the incident with the cases of several young Egyptian women who had been accused of morality-related offences in connection with videos posted on TikTok and other social media platforms in which they were sentenced to two years in prison.
However, last Tuesday, the court overturned the two-year prison sentences handed to two influencers – Haneen Hossam, 20, and Mawada al-Adham, 22 – who were convicted in July of “undermining family values and principles” and publishing “indecent” photos and videos.
But days later it emerged that the public prosecutor had ordered the women’s continued detention pending an investigation on human trafficking charges. The prosecutor alleged that they had exploited teenage girls by encouraging them to post similar videos to theirs.
A lawyer for the women said they would appeal against the move.
It should be noted that one time Egypt was condemned for its actions against the LGBT community members when authorities started a witch hunt against gay men using anal exams to determine whether one was having anal sex or not.
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