The woman who stopped Egypt's brutal 'virginity tests'

 

Sarah El Deeb
Wednesday 28 December 2011 01:00
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Samira Ibrahim, 25, spoke out against the treatment she
received after being arrested
Samira Ibrahim, 25, spoke out against the treatment she received after being arrested

Egypt's military rulers were ordered yesterday to stop the use of "virginity tests" on female detainees after one of the women subjected to the test took them to court.

The virginity test allegations first surfaced after a March 9 rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square that turned violent when men in plainclothes attacked protesters, and the army cleared the square by force. The rights group Human Rights Watch said seven women were subjected to the tests.

"This is a case for all the women of Egypt, not only mine," said Samira Ibrahim, 25, who was arrested and then spoke out about her treatment. Ms Ibrahim filed two suits against the practice, one demanding it be banned and another accusing an officer of sexual assault. She was the only one to complain publicly about a practice that can bring shame upon the victim in a conservative society.

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