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“Virginity Test” Doctor Cleared By Egyptian Court

“Virginity Test” Doctor Cleared By Egyptian Court

In a setback for women’s rights in Egypt, a military court has found an army doctor, Admed Adel, “not guilty” on charges of conducting forced “virginity tests” on women protesters. The judge said that he found contradictions in witness statements, though plaintiff Samira Ibrahim said that one witness had changed their story at the last minute before Adel’s trial.

As many as 18 women came forward to say that they were forced to undergo “virginity tests” which amounted to rape after they were detained following protests, says Al Jazeera. Adel has been accused of “public indecency” and “disobeying military orders” but the initial charges of rape have been dropped. Al Jazeera’s Rawya Rageh described chaos in the courtroom as the verdict was announced and said that protesters outside the courtroom were chanting and calling for an end to military rule by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which has been ruling Egypt since the fall of Hosni Mubarak over a year ago in February of 2011.

Hassiba Hadj Sah-raoui, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International, said that the ruling has sent a “wrong message.” Noting that the tests amounted to torture, Sah-raoui said that the verdict “shows that women’s rights are not important in Egypt.”

A video of military personnel dragging and beating a woman whose shirt had been stripped to reveal her bra caused worldwide outrage in December. Other video footage showed security forces beating women and an Egyptian court called for a halt for forced virginity tests on women who have been detained in military prisons. But the verdict clearing Adel of charges is a troubling indicator of how much, or rather how little, women’s rights are respected and valued in post-Mubarak Egypt.

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Photo of a woman at a protest in Egypt on March 9, 2012, by Gigi Ibrahim

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6:46PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

Noted.

1:57AM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

That's disgusting. Maybe we should allow all the women to stick an object into the doctors anus, and say it's a mandatory aids test.

11:47AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Ugh...this angers me!

12:04AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

So, why didn't they do forced virginity tests on the men as well? If virginity is so important...

1:30PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

It's disgusting how that man gets away with rape.

I wish Egypt spits on him and the people who let him go.

12:26PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

To say the least it was a shameful act on the part of Military to order such an abominable act. The Court has erred in its judgement against the Doctor.

10:06AM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Are they becoming more American or are we becoming Muslim? Hard to tell these days, isn't it!

2:43AM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Shameful and appalling.

1:41AM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Afraid I cannot adequately express what I would like to do to such men as these, because it would not be printed. Only men could think of something like this to cause this intense humiliation of women.

11:02PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

Ann, how about you telling us how the Muslims would go about enacting sharia law in the U.S?

How would they accomplish this amazing feat that flies in the face of all reason?

I'll tell you what is amazing. It's amazing what some people indoctrinated by Fox "News" and Rush Limbaugh will believe. Apparently they will believe ANYTHING!

Don't you understand there is a legislative process? There is a specific procedure required to enact law. Do you think Muslims can enact Sharia law just because they want to? They would have to elect a majority of Muslims to the legislature. DUH!

Wake up dummy!

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