Egyptian Blogger and Singer Tameem Youness praised supporters after his ex-wife Nada Adel revealed on Friday that she was subjected to marital rape.
Youness said, in a new video that he posted on his Instagram account, “Thank you for the support but, I do not understand, frankly, the people who want me to talk about my relationship with my ex-wife. This will not happen, I do not do that,” adding that this topic is closed to the extent that it can only discussed through courts, and unless there’s a legal charge against him.
Adel said in a video clip through her account on Instagram, that marital rape is a very sensitive and personal issue, adding that she always tried to avoid talking about it because this matter is very difficult for her.
She cried, explaining that she was subjected to marital rape, adding: “I got into this situation and took a year to know how to talk about the issue and face this person, and one day I confronted him and he said ‘sorry, ok, hit me, I want you to hit me or do anything to make you feel better’.
She said that she is disturbed by the lack of a law in Egypt to protect the wife, and there are also some sheikhs who defend marital rape and see that it is not a problem, and she commented: “With personal experience, this is a problem.”
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The ex-wife called for the launch of a campaign to change the law and criminalize marital rape in Egypt, and said: “Until the 70s, marital rape was not criminalized in the United States, given that the husband owns his wife, but the matter has changed there.” She called for action to change the situation, saying: “I hope if We opened the issue and talked, we can change the law.”
Younes had responded, saying in a video he posted on “Instagram Story”: “In response to the things that you hear and are published in the press, “I say to journalists … This is not true, and it never happened. It is the first time I hear about something like this, exactly like you. My family also never heard about what has been circulated before.”
He added: “I will not take any legal action unless it becomes a clear, explicit and presented accusation against me, and then I will act legally and I will not do anything else. I will not repeat the same mistakes that I made after people provoked me to fall into this matter and speak about it.”
Many celebrities commented on Nada Adel’s video and declared their solidarity with her, including squash player Ramy Ashour, artist Sarah Abdel Rahman, Salma Abu Deif, and Hoda Al-Mufti, and on the other hand many influencers and religious icons see that this accusation is not abiding with the Egyptian traditions nor with religious beliefs.