An Egyptian man is to stand trial for claiming in a television interview that adultery is common among married women in the country’s conservative south, the state prosecutor said today.
Egyptian officials have suspended a television talk show after a guest suggested that almost a third of the country’s women were unfaithful to their husbands.
The country’s media authority has banned the show for 15 days after complaints about the comments.
Taimour Subki, who runs a Facebook page titled “The Diary of a Crushed Husband,” hurriedly backtracked on the claim after the interview on a talk show spread on social media this month.
But the prosecution said Subki, who was arrested last week, would face trial for “spreading false news that disturbs public peace”.
An uproar on social media has led to the cancellation of the talk show, aired on private satellite station CBC, that hosted Subki in December.
“Many women cheat on their husbands… I can say that 30 per cent of women are ready to be deviant,” Subki said, pointing to the southern cities of “Asyut, Minya, Sohag, Qena, Luxor and Aswan”.
Subki said his remarks had been taken out of context.
“I didn’t mean to insult anyone and I was speaking generally,” he wrote in a Facebook post before his arres