An Egyptian woman has been jailed for three years for “sexually harassing” a monkey. Cops made the arrest after a bizarre clip of an adult tickling a monkey’s private parts at a pet shop went viral.
State daily Al-Ahram reported that Basma Ahmed “confessed… to the incident but said she did not mean to commit an indecent act and that she had been tickling the monkey”.
She was first arrested in October after the thousands of people viewed the 90-second video on social media, sparking a backlash in the conservative country.
According to Stepfeed, Ahmed was initially detained for four days but the period was increased to 15 days for further investigation and she was yesterday sentenced for “inciting immorality”.
The defendant claimed she did not know how the incident had ended up on social media after a friend filmed the episode in Mansoura, Dakahlia, on her mobile phone.
Officials said that Ahmed is not a first-time offender and has previously been charged with two other “public moral” cases.
Under Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi laws were recently passed to regulate media and women’s rights as the former military leader consolidates power.