[UPDATE – Doctor acquitted.] Egyptian court bans virginity tests on female detainees

Samira Ilrahim, seeked court remedy after being subject to a virginity check by Egyptian military

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — [UPDATE – Egyptian court acquits virginity test doctor. See below.] The Egyptian military claims these virginity tests were done to protect soldiers from accusations of rape. Initially they denied such things ever occurred however, the military recently reversed themselves and said there would an investigation of the soldiers involved.

The Egyptian court’s ruling is in response to a lawsuit filed by Samira Ibrahim. She and six other women had their vaginas inspected by the military after being detained for their involvement in a sit-in last March.

The military’s mistreatment of female Egyptians has human rights and political activists around the world, as well as a large part of the Egyptian population in an uproar.

Whether or not the military abides by the decision is of some dispute, they do know, however, they are being monitored closely.

Things are not going well for women in Egypt’s revolution. Read more: https://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/disturbing-egypts-revolution-may-result-in-the-permanent-devaluation-of-women-in-egyptian-society/

More on the court ruling from the San Francisco Chronicle:  Egypt bans virginity tests on detainees.


UPDATE March 11, 2012. From CNN: An Egyptian court has acquitted an army doctor accused of forcibly administering virginity tests on female detainees, state-run Nile TV said Sunday. The court acquitted the doctor because of contradictory testimony from witnesses, the government-run website EgyNews reported.

The issue came to light last year after several women alleged they were subjected to such examinations following a March 2011 protest in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

Samira Ibrahim took Egypt’s military-led government to court in August, alleging she was among those subjected to the test after her arrest during the March 9, 2011, protest. She said she faced death threats after bringing the case.

On Sunday, the 25-year-old marketing manager said the ruling devastated her.”This is rape, and I fainted when I heard the verdict in court,” she said. “God knows the truth, and it will always be a black spot in Egypt’s history.”



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