A lawyer filed a report with the general prosecutor against famous sexologist Dr. Heba Qutb, privately owned Masrawy news portal reported on Tuesday.
Lawyer Samir Sabry accused Qutb of “violating social norms, values and morals” through her TV appearances, claiming her discussions about marital relations are “crude” and can be viewed by anyone, including teenage boys and girls.
Sabry demanded that legal procedures be taken against Qutb and the satellite TV channels that “allow her to appear on their screens to discuss in details matters that should stay hidden from people’s eyes, according to God’s orders.” He emphasized that such issues do not fall under the umbrella of freedom of expression.
Sabry reportedly presented 22 CDs and eight files of material featuring Qutb to the prosecutor, and demanded her trial before the criminal court on charges of “violating public decency, professing and encouraging public indecency and immorality.”
Qutb has been one of the few sex therapists to openly discuss sexual relations on Egyptian TV. With a religious background, and a PhD in clinical sexology, she often references Islamic teachings in her advice.
She has witnessed a surge in popularity, with an increase in public appearances and online discussion. Some of her most recent posts are on “the effects of masturbation on the hymen,” sexual impotence and the sizes of male sexual organs.
She also hosts a TV show on OSN private satellite channel called, “The Love Clinic,” in which she discusses marital problems. Texts were sent to mobile users promoting a service to receive daily sexual advice from Qutb for a fee.
She has been the target of some of Egypt’s most popular sarcastic Facebook pages. Several memes have been created of her alongside puns related to comments she made on the dangers of masturbation.
Accusations of public indecency are not uncommon in Egypt. Satirist and TV host Bassem Youssef was accused of promoting indecency and mocking people’s feelings and state symbols.