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70-Year-Old Christian Grand Mother Stripped Naked in Egypt - President Condemned Act

Egypt President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi 
Egypt President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has condemned the attack on a 70-year-old grand mother who was stripped naked and paraded through the streets by a Muslim mob.

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According to United Kingdom newspaper, The Telegraph, the 70-year-old grandmother was attacked May 20, 2016. in her village south of Cairo after rumors spread that her son had an affair with a Muslim woman. 

"They burned the house and went in and dragged me out, threw me in front of the house and ripped my clothes," said the woman, who requested anonymity. "I was just as my mother gave birth to me and was screaming and crying."


The crowd burned down her house and six others during the attack on May 20 in the village of Karma in Minya province, south of Cairo.

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi condemned the attack at the time and on Monday said that such violence divided Egyptians. "We are all one and the law must take its course," he said.


The woman's son, who was alleged to have had the affair, fled the village with his wife and children the day before the attacks. 

Extramarital affairs are a major cultural taboo in both Christian and Muslim parts of Egypt. Egyptian law states that it is illegal for a Muslim woman to marry a Christian man but it is not illegal for a Christian woman to marry a Muslim man. 


The woman and her elderly husband had already appealed to police for help after receiving death threats but decided to stay in the village. 

Bishop Makarios, the local Coptic leader, said police took two hours to respond to the violence by which time the grandmother had already been assaulted by the mob. 

"No one did anything and the police took no pre-emptive or security measures in anticipation of the attacks," he said in a television interview at the time of the attack. 

The woman is part of Egypt's Coptic Christian minority, which makes up around 10 per cent of the country's 90 million people. Copts have long complained of discrimination by Egypt's Muslim majority.