Topless Tunisian protestor deserves a stoning, says Islamist chief
The offending picture.
After becoming an international internet sensation, the infamous topless Tunisian protestor is now facing the consequences of her actions back in her home country. While Tunisia has previously had some of most progressive laws for women in the Arab world, the conservatives of the country have been less than impressed with her semi-naked photos.
Mr. Adel Alami, head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Tunisia, called this week for the unnamed girl to be whip-lashed one hundred times in punishment. Then, fearing that he might be going easy on the nude feminist, Alami changed his mind and decided on stoning instead.
The anonymous woman posted the pictures of herself on the internet to coincide with International Women's Day and wrote across her torso, "My body is mine, it is not the source of anyone's honor", in Arabic.
In a local TV interview, she said she had been protesting for women's rights and to celebrate the news that a FEMEN - the international women's rights organization notorious for stripping in public - office would be opening in her country.
However, the Tunisian Minister for Women Siham Badi, had other ideas and shut down any thoughts of the controversial organization starting up in the north African nation.
In a statement published on Wednesday by Tunisia website Al Sabah News, Alami detailed his preferred punishment for the topless Tunisian along with some recommendations. According to the document, The Vice chief thought the female protestor should have been drugs-tested and check for mental illness before being allowed on TV.
But as conservatives continue to huff and puff, the liberals of Tunisia are claiming a victory for freedom of expression.
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