Cairo: A university in Egypt expelled its female student on Sunday after she appeared in a video hugging a male colleague. Accusing her of undermining the school’s reputation, Al-Azhar University debarred the student. Also Read - Delhi Chalo: Defying Barricades, Water Cannons, Farmers Push Through Haryana; Security Beefed Up at Border Crossings | Key Points
The video, which went viral earlier this month, showed a young man carrying a bouquet of flowers kneeling before a young woman and then hugging her in what appeared to be a marriage proposal. Also Read - NZ vs WI Dream11 Team Prediction New Zealand vs West Indies T20I: Captain, Vice-captain, Fantasy Playing Tips, Probable XIs For Today's New Zealand vs West Indies 1st T20I Match at Eden Park, Auckland 12.30 PM IST November 27 Friday
The video was apparently not filmed at Al-Azhar but at another establishment, Mansoura University in the country’s north. Nevertheless the disciplinary council of the Al-Azhar University campus in Mansoura on Saturday “decided to expel the young girl definitively”, university spokesman Ahmed Zarie told AFP. Also Read - Mumbai Terror Attacks: Meet Devika N Rotawan, Eight-year-old Who Helped Seal Ajmal Kasab's Fate
He said the video had caused a “public outcry” and that the university’s decision to expel her was because she had presented a “bad image” of Al-Azhar University, which strictly segregates the genders. He said hugging between unmarried men and women violates “the values and principles of society”.
The woman, however, can appeal the expulsion decision, Zarie said.
The young man who appeared in the video could also face sanctions, a spokesman for Mansoura University said, adding that the school’s disciplinary council will meet on Monday to decide his “punishment”.
Last year, prosecutors detained a female singer for four days for “incitement to debauchery” after an online video clip which included sensual oriental dances and suggestive gestures went viral. In 2017, another female pop singer was sentenced to two years in prison on similar charges, also over a video deemed provocative. Her sentence was reduced to a year on appeal.