Egypt might ban the use of western names

Online image of an Egyptian mother with child
Online image of an Egyptian mother with child
Online image of an Egyptian mother with child

An Egyptian MP Bedier Abdel Aziz has introduced a draft law that seeks to prohibit the usage of ‘foreign’ names for newly born babies in Egypt, reports Egypt Independent.

The bill which be discussed by the north country’s Parliament’s Complaints and Suggestions Committee  will impose a fine, and in some cases a prison sentence, on individuals who give their children Western names.

“The fine should be between LE1, 000 ($55) to LE5, 000 ($276.2) and the sentence should be six months at the most,” MP Abdel Aziz said in a statement on Sunday.

According to MP Abdel-Aziz explained that Western names such as ‘Lara’, Mark’ or ‘Sam’ are difficult to pronounce for other Arabs.

“Using such Western names and abandoning Arabic ones will lead to an undesired and radical change in our society and culture. Our sons will no longer be connected to their true identity,” he claimed.