Egypt jails man who claimed many women are adulterous461 views
CAIRO: A Cairo court sentenced a man to three years in prison on Saturday for claiming that many women in the country have extramarital affairs, a judicial source said.
Taimour Subki, who runs a Facebook page titled “The Diary of a Crushed Husband,” made the claim in a television interview in December, sparking an uproar.
The misdemeanour court convicted him of spreading “false news that disturbs the public peace,” the judicial official said.
Taymour el-Sobky was arrested last month and accused by prosecutors of slandering Egyptian women and damaging their honor. His comments on a popular evening talk show in December caused a furor.
He may appeal the ruling.
“Thirty percent of Egyptian women are ready for immorality, they just can’t find someone to encourage them,” said Sobky, whose Facebook page has more than one million followers.
“Many women cheat on their husbands… I can say that 30 percent of women are ready to be deviant,” Subki said, pointing to the southern cities of “Asyut, Minya, Sohag, Qena, Luxor and Aswan.”
“These days, it is very normal for women to cheat on their husbands and seek it out … Many women are involved in extramarital affairs while their husbands are abroad,” he claimed.
Sobky’s comments included the suggestion that arranged marriages in traditional southern Egypt exacerbated the problem of infidelity because women ended up with men they didn’t know.
A backlash on social media had already led to the cancelation of the talk show, aired on private satellite station CBC, that hosted Subki.
After the claim a masked man from the region appeared in a video carried on YouTube armed with an assault rifle, and issued a death threat against Sobky.
Subki said his remarks had been taken out of context.
“I didn’t mean to insult anyone and I was speaking generally,” he wrote in a Facebook post before his arrest.