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Muhammad and Basant: the story that ignited the communication sites in Egypt

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“Basant betrayed Muhammad with Yassin” … a trend that spread through social networking sites in Egypt quickly during the past hours, after circulating a group of video clips of a child named Muhammad, who is about 6 years old, in which he tells what was described as the “love story” that he lives With his colleague Basant, and differences between him and a colleague named Yassin, who seeks to “kidnap his girlfriend from him.”

The videos that have been circulating heavily on communication sites and platforms during the past hours show the child’s father while asking him to explain various details of the facts that occurred between him and his classmate and classmate at school, with boycott comments from the father in which he mocked the child’s talk, such as: “Oh romantic, my dear.”

The child said that his colleague loved him, but she left him and went to his colleague Yassin, who bestowed gifts on her.

Activists interacted extensively with the videos, and some showed sympathy for the child who tells these stories in a childish and influential manner, while several other followers denounced those clips, accusing the child’s father of exploiting him.*

By searching and tracking, it was found that the videos were not circulating in the past few hours, but rather some were published more than three weeks ago. And that its promoter is a singer and presenter named Hussam Al-Sharqawi, who has been sharing videos of his son Muhammad through his pages on various social networking sites and showing him on television programs.

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Al-Sharkawy successfully brought the hashtag “Basant Khanet Mohamed with Yassin” to the top of Egypt’s trend and announced hours ago his intention to release a song with the child Muhammad.

Al-Sharqawi wrote on his Facebook page: “Wait for the festival (…) to sing the child Muhammad Habib Basant and the singer Hossam Al-Sharqawi on Friday.”

In statements to “Sky News Arabia,” the child’s father said that the story circulating in the videos is “a real story and not a fabricated or representative story,” which appears through “the child’s spontaneous expression.”

At the same time, Al-Sharqawi pointed out that in some of the videos, he created situations to deceive the child, “to complete the narration of his story and monitor his reactions, after he had an audience on social media.”

Regarding the reactions that considered this an exploitation of the child, he said that “no one can satisfy all people, and it is natural to find comments attacking him.”

He said, “I am free for my son .. as long as I offer light things… I am happy with my son’s spontaneity and that I am the happiest people.”

Legal opinion

However, while the phenomenon of children being used by their families via YouTube and various communication sites emerged, the head of the Egyptian Association for the Assistance of Juveniles and the Rights of the Child, Lawyer Mahmoud Al-Badawi, said in exclusive statements to “Sky News Arabia,” that this phenomenon represents a “major problem in society,” after That it was spread in a way that is no secret to anyone.

Al-Badawi considered that the main goal of that step is “to make profits from the Internet.”

He added that “the appearance of children and their use if it is to make a profit represents exploitation, and that exploitation is criminalized by Egyptian law through Law No. 64 of 2010 regarding combating human trafficking, and Child Law No. 12 of 1996 amended by Law 126 of 2008.”

He explained that “the punishment in the case of the exploitation of the child by his guardian or any of those responsible for him is greater than the punishment for exploitation by others, and the philosophy of the legislator from that is that the one in charge of protecting the child has shifted in this case from the stage of care to the stage of exploitation.”

He stressed that “the issue is outside the mere scope of local legislation, and there must be strict policies on YouTube to prevent any form of exploitation that the Egyptian constitution criminalizes in its Article 80 as well.”

Al-Badawi concluded his statements by noting that the fact that any guardian publishes videos of his children “sometimes comes out of the context that he is a happy father with his children, to take them as a commodity.”

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