Egyptian court sentenced many young woman to two years in prison on Monday for posting ” indecent video content” dance videos on Tiktok . those women were also fined 300,000 Egyptian Pounds almost ( $19,000) each for violating the values and principles of the Egyptian family,” according to a statement from the public prosecutor.
The prosecution named just two defendants , a 20-year old student Haneen Hossam and 22-year old Mawada Eladhm and said that the other three were helped to run their social media accounts. these two women recently go fame in Tiktok, by collecting large amount of followers for their video snippets set to catchy Egyptian club-pop tracks. in their 15 seconds video, the women were wearing makeup pose in cars, dancing in kitchens and joke in skits.
The social media stardom became their against rules in Egypt, where citizens can headed to prison for vague crimes such as ” misusing social media,”.
“Eladhm was crying in court. two years? 300,000 Egyptian pounds? this is really tough to hear this” said Samar shabana, the attorney’s assistant. she also added that “they just want followers. they are not part of any prostitution network, and did not know this is how their message would be perceived by prosecutor.
A widely circulated online petition described the arrests as a “systematic crackdown that targets low-income women,” and urged authorities to free the young women detained in recent three months fro posting videos in Tik tok