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19-year old female activist ‘Amina’, who posted topless photos on Facebook threatened with death (PHOTOS)

Campaigners including Richard Dawkins have called for a day of action to support a young Tunisian woman who appeared to post pictures of herself topless 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 on the Femen-Tunisian Facebook page a topless picture of herself with the words “F**k your morals” written across her chest.

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Another controversial image followed, of the woman smoking a cigarette, baring her breasts, with the Arabic written across her chest: “My body belongs to me, and is not the source of anyone’s honour”.

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One of the pictures posted on the Femen Tunisia site
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 she committed the offence in Tunisia, Amina could be punished by up to two years in prison and a fine of 100 to 1,000 dinars [between £40 and £400], local media said.

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A petition and an international day of action on April 4 to highlight the threats against Amina have been organised by activists.

More than 15,600 people have signed a petition calling for those who have threatened Amina’s life to be prosecuted.

An open letter calling for an International Day to Defend Amina has been signed by many feminist and atheist activists, including Dawkins.

The first picture posted of activist ‘Amina’
The letter says: “On the day and beyond, groups and individuals can join in by highlighting her case, posting topless photos of themselves and their activism on social media sites, signing a petition, Tweeting #Amina, writing letters in her defence, and more.

“On 4 April, we will remind the Islamists and the world that the real epidemic and disaster that must be challenged is misogyny – Islamic or otherwise.”

Social media accounts of the Tunisian branch of Femen have been reportedly infiltrated by hackers, with videos and pictures on the site being replaced by verses from the Koran.

According to International Business Times, the accounts have now been suspended.

One message read: “The page has been hacked and God willing, this debauchery will disappear from Tunisia.”

Femen said in a statement they were furious about the “barbarian threats of the Islamists about the necessity of reprisals against the Tunisian activist Amina,” .

“We are afraid for her life and we call on women to fight for their freedom against religious atrocities.

“Use your body as a poster for the slogans of freedom. Bare breasts against Islamism.”

Read more: Huffington Post


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  • The World has come to an end, May God show U d way Amina.

    nudayyah March 24, 2013 9:38 pm
  • The best approach to Amina’s bare body activism is to ignore her. No one should stone her to death. If you ignore an action, it makes the person loose attention, so she ceases to propagate the acts further. However, harming her will draw relevance to her action and provoke more of such acts which more killings as purnishment would not stop. LET TRAGEDIES BE ABORTED. IGNORE AMINA. She will realise herself and may even apologise when she gains more mature mind. Please don’t touch her life. Don’t fight for her creator. God says “Judgement is mine”.

    Hilary Agbo March 25, 2013 7:23 am
  • Amina just go and pray for forgiveness coz u make many people to sin by lookin at dis pix.

    Isaac March 25, 2013 12:49 pm
    • Isaac,dat is d madness dat is bn glorify now adays,i just wonder wat dis young woman want 2 prove

      Babalola steven onitolo March 25, 2013 7:51 pm
  • Amina just go and pray 4 forgiveness coz u make many people to sin by lookin at dis pix.

    Isaac March 25, 2013 12:50 pm
    • Allah gave you a trust & you betrayed the Almighty (I’m crying seeing a woman nicked)…. Pls. No one should touch her.. Let’s pray & say:
      Amina may Allah gives you what you deserves…! (Amin)

      adams March 25, 2013 1:46 pm
  • She should just Call✆ forgiVeness…..they shouldn’t kill her …….can some1 ping on this issue wԑ could talk better 2A444D20

    Olakunle March 25, 2013 6:24 pm
  • I wonder in wat name do we call dis half nudity,

    Babalola steven onitolo March 25, 2013 7:48 pm
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