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Amina, a 19-year-old Tunisian aspirant to the radical, Ukraine-born feminist group Femen has been delivered by her parents to a psychiatric hospital in Tunis, according to reports received by Femen leader Inna Shevchenko in Paris.

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He warned that Amina's action could cause "epidemics and disasters" and "could be contagious and give ideas to other women." Media reports say Tunisian secular law would punish her with up to two years in prison.

"Amina and I were in contact by phone until four days ago, when she disappeared," Shevchenko told me from Paris in a Skype interview on Friday afternoon.

The site was subsequently hacked and temporarily plastered with citations from the Quran.

The head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice in Tunisia, Almi Adel, a Salafi Islamic preacher, has called for Amina to be "stoned to death" for posting the images.

“The recurrent torture can only lead to losing (one’s) mind or becoming mentally unstable,” he said.

“Many unfortunately did not survive it.” Tunisia was a police state with little freedom of expression for decades, until a popular uprising forced Ben Ali to step down in January 2011.

Femen’s April 4 protests in response to death threats against Tunisian nude blogger Amina Tyler have prompted much debate.

How do we reconcile the need to defend free expression with the ambiguities of using nude women to market feminism?

"I grew up in an Islamic home, where my virginity was seen as the most precious possession and losing it possibly the most shameful thing that could have happened to me," said a 26-year-old female engineer who lives in the capital of Tunis.

She asked to speak under condition of anonymity, like most of those who agreed to contribute to this story.

A senior Moroccan cleric has lashed out at what he called "nudity" in the Muslim kingdom, claiming that more and more women are immodestly dressed, sparking criticism in the media.