The chef was arrested for supplying the cakes to an exclusive women’s club in Cairo
A female pastry chef was arrested after supplying cupcakes with penis decorations for a party in Egypt.
She was detained at her home in the capital city Cairo after women party goers at the exclusive Gezira sports club shared pictures of the pastries on social media.
It attracted backlash with Egypt’s largest state-owned newspaper Al Ahram describing the cakes as ‘indecent and immoral shapes’.
The country’s minister for youth and sports Dr Ashraf Sobhy, who oversees clubs such as Gezir, said his department would form a committee to investigate the incident and punish alleged perpetrators.
The chef was in tears when she arrived for questioning with prosecutors, according to the Masry Al Youm newspaper.
She is said to have told interrogators that the women ‘came to my shop and handed me pictures of genitals, and asked me for cakes in these forms’.
After questioning the baker was released on a bail of £233.
The cakes were described as ‘indecent and immoral’
The cakes sparked backlash after images of the party were shared on social media
According to Egyptian newspaper al-Watan, authorities have identified three members of the ‘genital cake’ party as well as the photo-taker who is reported to have taken responsibility for posting the images on social media.
Human rights lawyer in Egypt Negad El Borai defended the guests involved in the party as ‘elderly women who wanted to break the routine of life’.
He tweeted the cake incident ’emphasises that a group in society, with the support of the state, wants to eliminate any space for personal freedoms in Egypt under the pretext of preserving the values of the Egyptian family’.
Timothy E Kaldas from the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy told The Guardian: ‘On one level it’s hard not to be initially struck by the absurdity of penis cupcakes garnering the attention of state prosecutors, police investigators, members of parliament and the regime-controlled press.
‘At the core of the matter is not the banning of sexuality in the public sphere, it is restricting sexuality that is outside the control of men.’
Egypt has strict morality laws that often target women
Egypt has strict laws on morality that often target women.
A report by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) in August last year accused authorities of carrying out ‘an abusive campaign targeting female social media influencers on charges that violate their rights to privacy, freedom of expression, and nondiscrimination’.
The cupcake case comes after two female TikTok influencers who served jail terms last year for ‘violating family values’ and harming public morals were acquitted.
In June 2020 bellydancer Sama El Masry was jailed for three years for ‘inciting debauchery’.
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