In the above passage, the woman is "milky breasted" (also translated as "white of breast") not because she was caucasian but because her skin was lighter than someone who had to work in the fields all day.

Women were traditionally in charge of the home and upper-class women especially made it a point to stay out of the sun because darker skin signified a member of the lower class peasantry who worked outdoors.

The bill also includes a clause that licenses the authorities to publicly “shame” individuals convicted under the draft law by publishing their names and sentences in two widely read national newspapers fuelling the widespread stigma against people perceived to be gay.

The rest of the detainees are held in different prisons and police stations pending questioning by prosecutors.

An Egyptian excavation team has discovered the remains of a new pyramid that dates back to the 13th Dynasty some 3,700 years ago, a top antiquities official said.

More than 70 people have been arrested and some have been subjected to anal examinations that amount to torture.

This deeply discriminatory bill would be a huge setback for human rights and another nail in the coffin for sexual rights in Egypt,” said Najia Bounaim, North Africa Campaigns Director at Amnesty International.

“World leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron who received president Abd el-Fattah al-Sisi last month at the Elysee, must speak out to condemn this homophobic crackdown.

Instead of rolling out their red carpets to welcome the Egyptian president in European capitals and sign new deals, they should be using their leverage to ensure the parliament drops this deeply repressive draft law.” A 1994 ruling by the UN Human Rights Committee found that laws criminalising consensual sex in private between adults of the same sex violated the right to privacy as guaranteed by Article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The bill further states that those convicted would face probation periods after they have served the term for a duration equivalent to the prison term they have received.

Amnesty International has found that individuals under probation in Egypt are often forced to stay in a local police station 12 hours daily meaning they are effectively deprived of their liberty.

Up until now the Egyptian authorities have relied on the prostitution law no 10 of 1961 to charge people suspected of engaging in same-sex sexual activity with “habitual debauchery” – an offence punishable by up to three years in prison.