EGYPT: Triumph of Civilization

An Egyptian man may offer an Egyptian girl his arm, but can she take it and remain respectable? Among the Egyptian judiciary this question caused as much head-scratching last week as a recondite Koran text.

At the pilgrim port of Suez a shocked policeman had arrested a girl for walking arm in arm with a man not her husband.

She was served with a writ charging 'indecent behavior in a public thoroughfare," was ordered by a district court to pay a £2 fine. Three dignified members of an appeal bench heard the outraged policeman give evidence: it was not in keeping...

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