K-Pop star holds hand of young Muslim girl
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#BBCtrending: how teenage hugs angered Islamic authorities in Malaysia

A video of a Korean pop band embracing teenage girls in Malaysia has attracted heavy criticism and triggered a debate over the behaviour of young Muslim women in the country.

Several girls, giggling and sometimes hesitant, can be seen acting out scenes from Korean dramas with different members of the band, all of which end in friendly hugs. A band member also kisses one girl on the top of her head.

Islamic authorities for Kuala Lumpur, where the meeting took place, have said they will investigate the incident for possible violations of Sharia law, and have called on the girls involved to come forward to assist in the inquiry.

Video journalists: Neil Meads and Tse Yin Lee

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  • 15 Jan 2015
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