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Calls for Marital Rape Criminalization in Egypt After Viral Instagram Video

June 22, 2021
Nada Adel’s Viral IGTV

The subject of marital rape made recent headlines in Egypt after Nada Adel, the owner of local fashion brand Nada Adel Apparel, took to Instagram on the 18th June to speak up about marital rape allegations against her ex-husband singer Tameem Youness.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Nada Adel (@nadaadelt) This isn’t the first time the subject of marital rape made national headlines this year; Ramadan TV series Leabet Newton (Newton’s Cradle) stirred up the debate when an episode portrayed one of the characters attempting to force himself on his wife. Actress Mona Zaki, who played the wife in the marital rape scene, later discussed how pleased she was to shed light on the topic and explained that young girls need to know that their bodies are their own, even after marriage. “We aren’t animals. Even animals don’t do that,” she said on MBC’s Al Hekaya Program in May. However, it is Adel’s video that took the debate from TV screens to reality, with many prominent figures in Egypt now calling for urgent legislative change, such as TV personality Amr Adeeb and actress and singer…

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