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Virginity checks for women demonstrators in Egypt

The Arab Spring is not all sunshine and roses... but some of us knew this:

A senior Egyptian general admits that "virginity checks" were performed on women arrested at a demonstration this spring, the first such admission after previous denials by military authorities.

The allegations arose in an Amnesty International report, published weeks after the March 9 protest. It claimed female demonstrators were beaten, given electric shocks, strip-searched, threatened with prostitution charges and forced to submit to virginity checks.

At that time, Maj. Amr Imam said 17 women had been arrested but denied allegations of torture or "virginity tests."

But now a senior general who asked not to be identified said the virginity tests were conducted and defended the practice.

"The girls who were detained were not like your daughter or mine," the general said. "These were girls who had camped out in tents with male protesters in Tahrir Square, and we found in the tents Molotov cocktails and (drugs)."

The general said the virginity checks were done so that the women wouldn't later claim they had been raped by Egyptian authorities.

"We didn't want them to say we had sexually assaulted or raped them, so we wanted to prove that they weren't virgins in the first place," the general said. "None of them were (virgins)."

Because the best defense against the charge of rape or sexual assault is proof of the victim's virginity. 

Once again the West is confronted with the misogyny of Islamic culture and once again, this story and stories like it will fade into the background. 

Though it's great to see Amnesty International raising an outcry we'll know that the West is waking up to the barbarism that is Islam when we see Western women's groups join in loudly and vociferously condemning these actions and raising their voices in support of those victimized by such travesties.

But don't hold your breath.


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Comments (3)

Yeah , because if they chec... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Yeah , because if they checked the backsides men to see if they were virgins they would be stoning 90% of the population as homosexual.

I'm reminded of the story that the US military had to give sex education to afghan husbands because they were beating their wives because they couldn't get pregnant through anal sex. It was the only sex the men knew about before marriage.

The best defense against a ... (Below threshold)

The best defense against a woman making trouble for the authorities is to prove she's not a virgin and thus subject to death for fornication or adultery under Sharia law.

The Egyptian military has b... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

The Egyptian military has been doing this for sometime. It is disgrace that it is considered in our national interest to fund and train these brutes.

Almost exactly five years ago, Mubarak unwittingly politicised many previously apolitical Egyptians when his security forces and their hired thugs began to deliberately target for sexual assault female activists and journalists at demonstrations. In conservative Egypt, where most women endured daily street sexual harassment in silence, the regime was determined to fondle and grope women in the hope it would shame them back home....

Lest we forget, we replaced Hosni Mubarak with a supreme council of Mubaraks – aka the supreme council of armed forces (SCAF)

Of course, the US administration as always, (it doesn´t matter who is in the Oval office, Prince Bander, Prince Bush or Prince Obama) continues its historical policy to generously supply weapons for Saudi regime which is leading the counter revolution against women rights and the Arab Spring.






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