Resort in Egypt’s Sinai Under Investigation for ‘Banning’ Woman in Burkini

Resort in Egypt’s Sinai Under Investigation for ‘Banning’ Woman in Burkini


Egyptian prosecutors have launched an investigation into allegations that an official at a South Sinai resort attempted to ban a woman from wearing a burkini in the resort swimming pool, state-owned Ahram Online reported.

The victim, whose identity has not been revealed, filed a legal complaint claiming that the official demanded she leave the swimming pool and then verbally abused her after she refused to comply.

She says that he insulted her and her friends, calling her burkini – a full-body swimsuit – “disgusting” and escalated by throwing chlorine into the pool and ordering resort workers to swim next to the woman in their underwear.

It remains unclear whether the resort has official policies in place that outlaw the burkini.

Although Egypt is a Muslim-majority country, many restaurants and nightlife venues are known to bar veiled women from entering because they “violate” their clothing regulations.

The burkini, which was originally invented in Australia and is donned by many Muslim women around the world as a modest alternative to revealing swimwear, has stirred much controversy in recent weeks.

Some French towns, meanwhile, began to implement a ban on the burkini and images of French police at a beach forcing a burkini-clad woman to take off parts of her clothing have since gone viral, with many slamming the ban as an infringement on women’s freedom and an attempt to control their clothing.

A French court overturned the ban on the burkini on Friday.

More Egyptians Migrate for Work Abroad in 2015
Team of Foreign Experts Arrives in Egypt to Examine Wreckage of Russian Plane

Subscribe to our newsletter


More in News


Egypt Court Releases Mother of Suez FGM Victim, Postpones Trial to November

Egyptian StreetsOctober 20, 2016
John Kerry

US Shifts Over $100 Million of Aid Away From Egypt

Egyptian StreetsOctober 20, 2016

Egypt’s Mediation Efforts Secure Evacuations, Delivery of Humanitarian Aid, Says Foreign Ministry

Egyptian StreetsOctober 20, 2016
A worker sells subsidized food commodities at a government-run supermarket in Cairo, Egypt, Feb.14, 2016 (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt to Consider Boosting Subsidies to Shield Low-Income Citizens from Hardships of Economic Reform

Egyptian StreetsOctober 19, 2016
An Egyptian supporter waves a national flag during the World Cup qualifying playoff second leg soccer match, at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Egypt to Reopen Stadiums to Soccer Fans for World Cup Qualifier

Egyptian StreetsOctober 19, 2016
Egypt's military prepares ahead of new operations against militants in Sinai

43 Terrorists Killed in Egypt Military Operations

Egyptian StreetsOctober 19, 2016
Archive photo

Police Conscript Shoots Dead Police Officer in Egypt Following Quarrel

Egyptian StreetsOctober 18, 2016
The Great Pyramid of Giza (Pyramid of Khufu)

Scans Uncover ‘Cavities’ in Egypt’s Great Pyramid

Egyptian StreetsOctober 18, 2016
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2016 ES Media UG. All Rights Reserved.