Cairo: Egypt's ruling military council is set to ratify an amendment in the country's penal code, by which a clause will be added to criminalise discrimination on the grounds of gender or religion.

A news agency learned that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces will issue a decision to ratify an amendment to the penal code.

Under the new article, if civil servants offended the law by giving preferential treatment to people, based on gender or religion, they will be imprisoned for at least three months and pay a fine of no less than 50,000 pounds and no more than 100,000 pounds, or either of them.

Anyone who encourages discrimination among individuals, based on gender, language, religion or belief, will face the punishment set out in the new article.