Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Egyptian Military Leaders Admit, Defend "Virginity" Checks for Protestors

Nearly 3 months after female protestors in Egypt alleged the military had subjected them to "virginity" tests upon their arrests, a senior general admits that such checks did occur.  However, the general defended the tests as a means of defending against any subsequent allegations of sexual assault while the women were held in military custody.  According to the general, none of the women were determined to be virgins.  (So, I guess that means it would be OK for the military to assault them, using that logic?)  The women faced military trials for their protests and many were sentenced to a year in confinement before the government reversed course.

Here's our earlier coverage of the highly demeaning situation.