Egyptian Lawyer Who Said Rape is a National Duty Sentenced to 3 Years

Published December 3rd, 2017 - 12:00 GMT
A report released last month named Cairo as the most dangerous mega-city for women (AFP/File)
A report released last month named Cairo as the most dangerous mega-city for women (AFP/File)

Egyptian lawyer Nabih al-Wahsh was sentenced to three years in prison this week for saying that women wearing ripped jeans deserved to be raped.

Al Wahsh made the comments on a televised panel about draft legislation on prostitution in the country, according to the BBC.

"Are you happy when you see a girl walking down the street with half of her behind showing?" he asked. "I say that when a girl walks about like that, it is a patriotic duty to sexually harass her and a national duty to rape her."

“Girls must respect themselves so others respect them,'' he said, adding that women who wear revealing clothing are ''inviting men to harass them.''

In addition to his prison sentence, Al Wahsh was handed a fine of $1,130.

A report released last month by the Thomas Reuters Foundation named Cairo as the most dangerous mega-city for women; experts said that women in the city experience sexual harassment and assault on a daily basis.

The poll found that, out of all the 10 million-plus resident cities in the world, women in Cairo are the least-protected in the world from harmful cultural practices like genital mutilation, forced marriage, and female infanticide. A United Nations poll from 2013 found that 99 percent of women in Cairo had reported instances of sexual harassment at least once in their lives.

 

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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