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March 25, 2013

Topless Tunisian protester at the centre of controversy

Femen activist reported safe after facing religious backlash.

Photo via Femen France. [Facebook]

Conflicting reports on the whereabouts of a young Tunisian woman have circulated following her participation in the "sextremist" collective, Femen. On March 11, Amina Tyler, a 19 year-old Tunisian posed for Femen. Marking the organisation's presence in the North African country, Tyler posed semi-nude with the words "My body belongs to me, it is not the source of anyone's honour" written across her torso.

Adel Almi, leader of the conservative religious organisation Moderate Associate for Awareness and Reform, told Assabah News that her actions deserved 80-100 lashes, but may also warrant death by stoning. Following his comments, Femen representatives told Tunisian and international media that they had lost contact with Tyler and feared her missing.