University Expels Female Student for hugging Male Student in Egypt

Egypt University expels female student for hugging male student

An Egypt University, Al-Azhar University on Sunday announced that it has expelled a female student for hugging a male student who is said to be her boyfriend.

This came after a video of the young man carrying a bouquet of flowers kneeling before the young woman and then hugging her in what appeared to be a marriage proposal, went viral. Though the marriage proposal was not filmed at Al-Azhar – a branch of Egypt’s highest Sunni Muslim authority – but at another establishment, Mansoura University in the country’s north, the disciplinary council of the Al-Azhar University campus in Mansoura went ahead to “expel the young girl definitively”,

The Egypt University spokesperson Ahmed Zarie who spoke to AFP said the expelled female student presented a “bad image” of Al-Azhar University, which strictly segregates the genders. According to him, hugging between unmarried men and women violates “the values and principles of society”.

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It was further learnt that though the woman can appeal the expulsion decision, the young man who appeared in the video could also face sanctions.

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