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Coptic families of two female converts to Islam protest before prosecutor general
In two further cases of Christians allegedly converting to Islam, the families of two young women rally outside the office of the prosecutor general Saturday demanding their custody
Ahram Online, Saturday 25 Jun 2011
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The protest staged by the female Muslim converts’ families (Photo: Nader Osama)‎

The Coptic families of two female converts to Islam, Christine and Nancy, rallied before the ‎office of the prosecutor general Saturday, calling for custody of both young women. 
    
After conducting preliminary investigations with the girls, the general prosecution asked the security forces to provide ‎them with a safe house until an Al-Azhar scholar can test whether the story of their ‎conversion is true.‎

Their families, however, called on the authorities to hand them the girls or let a ‎Christian charity organisation be responsible for them, saying Al-Azhar does not accredit ‎conversion to Islam from anyone younger than 18.‎

The two girls, both 14 years old, ran away from their homes in Minya months ago. A ‎policeman saw them walking in the street wearing the face veil and with crosses ‎tattooed on their hands, and accordingly stopped them and investigated.‎

During recent weeks, the two girls, who are cousins, have uploaded videos on ‎YouTube announcing their conversion to Islam and that they were not kidnapped by ‎anyone. This came in response to the father of one of the girls reporting their ‎disappearance. ‎

This is not the first story of Muslim converts that has been a source of public debate and ‎concern. Camilia Shehata, who disappeared from her house in July 2010, was ‎alleged to have converted to Islam only to be held in church after conversion to prevent ‎her from practicing her new religion. ‎

Salafi groups organised several protests asking the Coptic Church to release Shehata. ‎Meanwhile, Shehata’s lawyers assured that she has not converted to Islam and that she ‎has returned to her home.





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Ines
27-06-2011 09:20am
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Christine & Nancy
This is ridiculous. The sectarian fog is once again hiding what is clearly a serious family problem that is being exploited by selfish opportunists. These are 14 year old children who have run away from home -- instead of investigating what really drove them to such a desperate act, the adults are acting like dogs fighting over a bone. It's sickening. These idiots need to learn that women or children are not "owned" by their co-religionists. A woman can choose to be Christian or Muslim or whatever she wants, but that doesn't give some guy any rights over her, even if he has a long beard and wears a Pakistani costume and calls himself a "sheikh". She has human and civil rights, but the Church has no "rights" at all over her, nor do self-appointed Coptic activists. As for children, we owe them our protection and our concern should be for their health and well-being, not for who "owns" them.
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