Published: 2017-12-03 15:11
Last Updated: 2017-12-03 15:11
An Egyptian lawyer was arrested after saying publicly on TV that girls wearing ripped jeans should be raped.
According to Middle East Monitor (MEM), Nabih al-Wahsh was sentenced to three years in prison and was fined 20,000 Egyptian pounds for making such remarks.
Al-Wahsh, the well-known conservative lawyer, made the remarks on TV in October during a debate of a draft law on prostitution.
Not only did he describe women wearing revealing clothes as women who are “inviting men to harass them,” but he also said it’s a “national duty” to rape women wearing ripped trousers to protect morals.
After the episode was broadcasted on Al-Assema egyptian TV, activists and women in Egypt were outraged.
Maya Mursi, Head of the National Council for Women's Rights (NCWR), said al-Wahsh’s comments are an obvious call for the act of rape and sexual harassment against women.
According to statistics released by the UN, 99 per cent of Egyptian women have experienced some form of sexual harassment in their lives, ranging from derogatory comments to physical assault.
A 2017 report by Reuters read that the Egyptian capital Cairo is the most dangerous city in the world for women.