Court Verdict to Decide Religious Identity of Coptic Christian Teens

Two teenage Christian sisters in Egypt are awaiting a State Council verdict that will determine their official religious identity. If the State Council does not rule in their favor, their formal identity cards will declare them Muslims.

According to Compass News, Iman and Olfat Malak Ayet, now 17 and 18 years of age, had their official identities changed from Christian to Muslim by their father several years before his death in November 2002. Their father, who had left his Christian wife, baby daughter and unborn child in 1986, had converted to Islam and married a Muslim.

Upon discovering the change of their official religious identities, the two sisters went to court to contest the forced change.