Talk show uproar

CAIRO – Egypt’s top prosecutor has ordered the arrest of a Facebook page administrator whose assertion on a popular television talk show that a third of married women in the conservative country are unfaithful caused a social media uproar.

The public prosecutor issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for Taymour el-Sobky, accusing him of slandering Egyptian women and damaging their honour, according to a statement from his office.

Mr Sobky caused a furore after making his conclusions on the evening talk show Mumkin, which means “It is Possible”.

His remarks were aired in December on privately-owned CBC channel but did not generate controversy until a clip was posted on social media this week.

The show was suspended for 15 days as a result.

“Thirty per cent of Egyptian women are ready for immorality, they just can’t find someone to encourage them,” said Mr Sobky, whose Facebook page, “Diaries of a Suffering Husband”, has more than one million followers.

“These days, it is very normal for women to cheat on their husbands and seek it out … Many women are involved in extramarital affairs while their husbands are abroad.”

Egypt is a conservative, predominantly Muslim country where sex outside of marriage is frowned upon. Mr Sobky’s comments included the suggestion that arranged marriages in traditional southern Egypt exacerbated the problem of infidelity because women ended up with men they don’t know.

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