Australian human rights activist who helps Muslim women leave the religion is charged with blasphemy in Tanzania for ‘mocking its president for his handling of coronavirus’

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An Australian academic who renounced Islam and created an organisation helping other women who do the same has been arrested and charged with blasphemy in Tanzania.

Zara Kay was ordered to a local police station in Dar es Salaam on December 28, where she was put into custody for 32 hours. 

Ms Kay, who was born in Tanzania, was allegedly questioned about why she left Islam, and was eventually charged in relation to a satirical post she allegedly made on social media about the nation’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.