Egypt threatens to jail parents who give their children Western names

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Parents in Egypt could soon be sentenced to six months in jail for giving their children 'Western' names such as 'Mark', 'Lara' and 'Sam'. .
A draft law banning the use of 'foreign names' was introduced by MP Bedier Abdel Aziz and discussed by his country's parliament yesterday. .
 
According to the Egypt Independent, he said “The fine should be between LE1,000- LE5,000($60-$300) and the sentence should be six months at the most.
 
Using such Western names and abandoning Arabic ones will lead to an undesired and radical change in our and . Our sons will no longer be connected to their true identity,” he claimed. .
 
As for what motivated him to propose this law, MP Abdel-Aziz explained that Western names such as ‘Lara’, Mark’ or ‘Sam’ are difficult to pronounce for other Arabs. .
 
The draft law has caused massive outrage among users who have expressed their condemnation, citing it as a trivial matter that the Parliament should not discuss.