Woman jailed for 'sexually harassing' monkey in Egypt

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A 25-year-old woman was sentenced to three years in prison for “sexually harassing” a monkey in Egypt. An Egyptian court charged the woman with "inciting debauchery".

The state daily Al-Ahram reported on Friday said that a court in Mansoura city also charged the woman with “committing an obscene act in public”.

Basma Ahmed, the woman, was arrested in October after a 90-second video of the incident went viral.

The video shows Ahmed laughing while touching the genitals of a monkey at a pet shop in the Nile Delta city and making sexual innuendos as people around her chuckle.

At court she "confessed... to the incident but said she did not mean to commit an indecent act and that she had been tickling the monkey".

The video sparked a fierce backlash online.