An international day of action has been advocated by campaigners including Richard Dawkins in support of a young Tunisian woman who appeared to post unclad pictures of her as part of a feminist movement in the country, and was subsequently threatened with death by stoning.
The 19-year-old activist, identified only as Amina, posted a unclad picture of her on the Femen-Tunisian Facebook page with the words “F**k your morals” inscribed on her chest.
A more controversial image of the lady smoking a cigarette, baring her breasts, with the Arabic words “My body belongs to me, and is not the source of anyone’s honour”, written across her chest, followed.
The images soon drew the ire of the country’s mostly Muslim population as Tunisian newspaper Kapitalis, quoted the Wahabi Salafi preacher Almi Adel, who heads the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, saying: “The young lady should be punished according to sharia, with 80 to 100 lashes, but [because of] the severity of the act she has committed, she deserves be stoned to death.
“Her act could bring about an epidemic. It could be contagious and give ideas to other women. It is therefore necessary to isolate [the incident]. I wish her to be healed.”
If the offense was committed in Tunisia, Amina could be punished by up to two years imprisonment with a fine of 100 to 1,000 dinars [between £40 and £400], local media said.