Religion

Woman Arrested For Posting A Photo of Herself Stepping on The Quran

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

After posting a photo of her red-stiletto clad feet on the Quran via Twitter, a woman in Turkey, who goes by @kedibiti, found herself in hot water. Police opened an investigation into the woman’s actions after the mayor of Ankra, Melih Gokcek, filed a legal complaint against her.

"No one has a right to insult our religion," Gokcek wrote on Twitter, and posted the original photo. Turkey is a predominantly Muslim country where the divide between secularists and religious conservatives runs wide.

Gokeck is a member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) party, which espouses a moderate agenda, but has religious roots. He has held the mayoral office for 20 years and often makes derogatory remarks about women.

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The woman, who is in her mid-30’s and describes herself as an atheist on Twitter, was arrested this week in Istanbul on suspicion of blasphemy and inciting religious hatred. Her computer and cellphone were seized during the arrest.

In the Middle East, feet are often considered unclean. Standing or laying shoes on something is typically considered a sign of disrespect. The Quran says that only those who are clean should touch the sacred text and it should not be placed on one's lap or held below the waist.

Sources: Agence France-Presse, Huffington Post

Image via Twitter