Egyptian TV presenter convicted for promoting pregnancy among single women
A popular Egyptian TV presenter has been sentenced to three years imprisonment and fined 10,000 Egyptian pounds (Rs. 36,622) for inciting single women to get pregnant, thereby "threatening the fabric of Egyptian life." Doaa Salah, the host of Al-Nahar TV's show With Dody, discussed seemingly unorthodox ways of getting pregnant in a July episode named 'Buy a Man,' creating a nationwide controversy.
Salah discussed premarital sex, sperm donation and temporary marriage
On the show, Salah wore a fake baby bump to highlight ways to get pregnant out of a conventional wedlock. She talked of premarital sex, sperm donation, and paying a man for temporary marriage to conceive a baby. "You simply need to have the money and then separate," she said. Unsurprisingly, her "immoral ideas" weren't taken too well by hyper-conservative Egyptians.
Salah's show was suspended for three months before her trial
Salah's show was suspended for three months in August before she was tired and found guilty of promoting indecency and debauchery. "I did not intend to incite people to commit immoral actions. Why did they punish me? I just presented my view. The episode was like a movie show," Salah reportedly said. Her prison sentence follows an initial verdict that is open to appeal.