Tamil Diplomat

Egypt orders changes to statue ‘depicting sexual harassment’

An Egyptian artist has been forced to change a sculpture honouring fallen soldiers after it was criticised as apparently depicting sexual harassment.

Mother of the Martyr features a slender peasant woman – a common representation of Egypt – being held by a helmeted soldier. But residents in the city of the Sohag claim it is inappropriate.

The concrete statue, located close to a girls’ school in the city, has yet to be formally unveiled. Along with criticism of an apparent unwanted advance on a woman, others suggest the 8.5-metre-tall artwork depicts Egypt’s military seducing the country.

The governor of Sohag, Ayman Abdel-Monaim, has ordered an investigation into the commissioning of the statue. The controversy, which made national headlines and a flurry of comments on social media, underlines the difficulties faced by artists in the country, analysts say.(BBC,2016)