A Muslim mob ransacked and torched seven Christian homes last week in a province south of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, after rumours spread that a Christian man had an affair with a Muslim woman, according to a statement by the local Orthodox Coptic church.
During the attack last Friday, the mother of the Christian man, who had fled the village in Minya province, was publicly stripped of her clothes by the mob to humiliate her, the statement read.
The statement was signed by Anba Makarios, Minya’s top Christian cleric, who on Wednesday night told a talkshow host on the private Dream TV network that the elderly woman was dragged out of her home by the mob who beat her and insulted her before they stripped her of her clothes and paraded her naked on the streets while chanting Allahu Akbar (‘God is great’).
A Muslim mob ransacked and torched seven Christian homes in a province south of Cairo after rumours spread that a Christian man had an affair with a Muslim woman, according to a statement by the local Orthodox Coptic church (file image)
The woman reported the incident to the police five days later, said Makarios, adding that she had found it too difficult to ‘swallow the humiliation’ she suffered.
Extramarital affairs or sex between unmarried couples are taboo among both Muslims and Christians in conservative Egypt.
They often attract violent reactions in rural areas, where questions of honour can lead to deadly family feuds that endure for years or result in ostracising of the perpetrators.