By Oisin Sweeney • 19 January 2021 • 22:05
The case has highlighted Egypt's strict laws on morality - Image Source: Wikimedia
A BAKER in Egypt has been arrested after photographs of her “indecent” cake decorations went viral on social media.
The cakes were topped with genitalia and underwear illustrated with fondant icing and were made for birthday party guests at an exclusive resort club near the capital Cairo.
After photographs went viral, the baker was detained by police. They were subsequently bailed released on expensive bail fees. According to some local media reports, those who attended the party may also face the law in the conservative Islamic country.
A top religious body warned that such cakes depicting suggestive decorations were forbidden by the Muslim faith, with one leading Islamic figure describing the cakes as “an assault on the value system and a crude abuse of society”.
Authorities are currently probing the club that hosted the private gathering, according to some reports.
Human rights lawyer Negad El Borai tweeted that the incident highlighted his belief that “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”.
The case has been compared to those of several young Egyptian women who faced legal actions for their “indecent” videos posted on TikTok and other social media platforms. Some analysts say that Egypt is currently experiencing a generational rift, as younger citizens embrace the globalised world of pop culture through technology unavailable to previous, more religious generations.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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