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Egyptian couple faces expulsion from university over proposal video

Jan. 16, 2019 5:22 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 17, 2019 12:46 P.M.)
(Al-Azhar University)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An Egyptian university overturned a decision to expel a female student after a video went viral on social media of her hugging a male colleague, who had made a marriage proposal.

In the video filmed at the Mansoura University's campus, a man was seen carrying a bouquet of flowers, kneeling before the student and then embracing her, in what turned out to be a marriage proposal.

The man, who is a student at Mansoura University, was expelled for two years over the footage.

Al-Azhar University had decided over the weekend to expel the female student, however, earlier this week the institution's grand imam urged the disciplinary board to “reconsider the punishment," taking into consideration the student’s young age and education.

Al-Azhar is the most prestigious seat of Sunni Islamic learning in Egypt, which is a predominantly Muslim country and a largely conservative society.

Despite the imam's suggestion for reconsideration, he said her conduct outside campus was “unacceptable” and unbecoming for “religious and oriental traditions.”

The university's disciplinary board called for an urgent meeting, after the student had "expressed deep regret for what was done, and pledged to abide by the students ethics and the values of society," in which they overturned their previous decision and ruled that the student should instead be prevented from taking the first half of her exams for this semester.

The man, identified only by his first name Mahmoud, said in an interview for MBC Masr (an Egyptian TV channel) that the couple were supposed to be engaged, however, following what happened her parents "refused completely."

The video below, taken via RT Online, shows the incident:
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