Raping women in ripped jeans is men's 'national duty,' according to this Egyptian lawyer


Published: 2017-10-31 17:50

Last Updated: 2017-10-31 18:01

Wearing ripped jeans is not a justified reason for raping a woman. (Styles Weekly)
Wearing ripped jeans is not a justified reason for raping a woman. (Styles Weekly)
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Just two weeks after the hashtag #MeToo went viral on social media - where women shared their personal stories of sexual harassment, controversial Egyptian lawyer Nabih al-Wahsh went on television to tell the world that women who wear ripped jeans deserve to be raped and sexually harassed.

The shocking comments were made during Wahsh’a appearance on the Infirad Show, hosted by Saeed Hassasin, on 19 October. The program was discussing Egypt’s draft law on fighting prostitution and debauchery.

According to the lawyer’s logic, women who dress in a certain way, especially those who wear jeans ripped from the back, are “inviting men to harass them,” therefore it is men’s “national duty” to assault them.

"Girls must respect themselves so others respect them. Protecting morals is more important than protecting borders," Wahsh said.

Egyptian lawyer Nabih al-Wahsh. (Egypt Today)

Unsurprisingly, his misogynistic comments sparked a national outrage.

The National Council for Women’s Rights (NCWR) filed a complained against Wahsh with Egypt’s Prosecutor General and the Supreme Council for Media Regulation.

Maya Morsi, the Head of NCWR, described his comments as “disgraceful” and “in violation of the Constitution which guarantees the protection of women from all forms of violence,” according to Daily News Egypt.

However, Wahsh was undeterred, issuing a statement to Al-Watan news website which stated that his daughter would too deserve to be raped and sexually harassed if she decided to wear jeans ripped from the back.

Perhaps Wahsh should take a leaf out of this man’s book, who responded to #MeToo by creating the #HowIWillChange hashtag, which also went viral worldwide.

“Guys, it’s our turn. After yesterday’s endless #MeToo stories of women being abused, assaulted and harassed, today we say #HowIWillChange,” Benjamin Law, the Australian writer tweeted at the time.