A prominent Egyptian Lawyer has said that it is men’s patriotic duty to rape women who wear ripped jeans. He said this while he was on the TV talk show Infrad. Nabbed al-Wahsh said the comment while he was talking about how a draft law that aims to target prostitution would in fact ‘incite debauchery.’
“Are you happy when you see a girl walking down the street with half of her behind showing?” asked Wahsh. “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.”
The National Council for Women has condemned his remarks. It has issued a directive to media outlets asking them not to invite speakers known for inciting violence. The Council for women will also file a complaint with the attorney general against the lawyer.
“All the members of the council denounce and decry this statement that explicitly promotes rape and sexual harassment,” the Council said in a statement.
Wahsh made news last year when he yelled at a Sheikh on national television. The Sheikh had said that women should not be required to cover their hair with headscarves.
“You’re an apostate! You’re an infidel” Wahsh said. He even took his shoe off and tried to hit him with his shoe.
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Wash has since backtracked on his statement. He has said that his comments were a condemnation of sexual harassment. He said that “Girls must respect themselves so others respect them.”
According to the Reuters foundation, Cairo is the most dangerous megacity to be a woman. A 2015 Egypt Health Issues survey found that nine out of ten women were subjected to genital mutilation and one in five women were married before the age of 18.
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