Egyptian court: Virginity tests must stop

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I am constantly astounded by the bravery of Egyptian women in the face of injustice.

As punishment for expressing themselves politically, many female protesters were forced to undergo “virginity tests” during the revolution to overthrow then-President Hosni Mubarak. An Amnesty International report published in March claimed female demonstrators were beaten, given electric shocks, strip-searched, threatened with prostitution charges, and forced to submit to virginity checks.

Those women scored a huge victory on Tuesday when an Egyptian court ruled that forced virginity tests must be put to an end for female detainees in military prison.

“The court orders that the execution of the procedure of virginity tests on girls inside military prisons be stopped,” said Judge Aly Fekry, head of Cairo Administrative court. Hundreds of activists inside the courtroom reportedlycheered after the ruling was announced.

Surely, the woman who filed the case, Samira Ibrahim, deserves an award. Good on you, lady.


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