Sexual Harassment and Rape a 'National Duty,' says Egyptian Lawyer on TV

Published October 30th, 2017 - 08:06 GMT
An anti-harassment demonstration in Cairo (AFP/File)
An anti-harassment demonstration in Cairo (AFP/File)

The National Council for Women Rights (NCWR) will file a report to the prosecutor-general regarding public statements inciting sexual harassment and rape.

Well-known conservative and controversial lawyer Nabih Al-Wahsh said on TV that sexual harassment and rape would be “a national duty” to fulfill against girls who “do not have self-respect” or “wear ripped pants”.

NCWR head Maya Morsi denounced such claims. A statement published by the council on Sunday described them as disgraceful, in violation of the constitution which guaranteed the protection of women from all forms of violence.

The council said it filed a complaint to the Supreme Media Council against the lawyer and the channel on which his statements were broadcast.

Trying to defend himself through a statement to the local Al-Watan website on Thursday, he used the same expression and said his daughter would also deserve that if she decided to wear jeans that are ripped from the back, regarding that as an invitation to sex.

Ripped jeans were subject of controversy in recent months, with arguments from public officials that it should be banned in certain places such as universities.

Meanwhile, sexual harassment remains insufficiently fought despite its criminalization in Egyptian law.

 

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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