Saturday, June 30, 2012

Detention, virginity test forced on woman in Salafi MP indecency case

Bikya Masr

Detention, virginity test forced upon woman in Egypt Salafist MP indecency case

June 12, 2012

Manar Ammar

CAIRO: Local Egypt reports mentioned on Monday the dreadful progress in the case of the Islamist parliamentarian whom police have accused of public indecency, as the girl in the case has been detained for four days under orders by the prosecutor.

A report said that the prosecutor has also ordered a “virginity test” on her to determine if she is a virgin or not.

A background search is underway to determine if she has a “past” in police records.

The news has caused an uproar among the rights community over the virginity tests, which brought back to mind the same tests that were forced upon female protesters in Tahrir Square in March 2011.

According to reports the girl was arrested from her family home in Tokh, in the conservative Nile Delta region of Egypt, north of Cairo.

Investigations have said she is a senior university student in agriculture.

Conservative al-Nour Party parliamentarian Ali Wanees’s car was raided by morality police and Wanees and the girl were accused of public indecency last Thursday.

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