it is “a national duty” to rape girls who wear torn trousers – Nabih Al-Wahsh
An Egyptian lawyer that goes by the name Nabih Al-Wahsh has come under attack after he revealed his controversial thoughts during a heated debate on the Infirad show aired on Al-Assema where the draft law in fighting “sexual deviance, debauchery” and prostitution was discussed.
Women who wear ripped jeans deserve to be “sexually harassed and raped”, Nabih Al-Wahsh was reported to have said on air.
“Girls must respect themselves so others respect them. Protecting morals is more important than protecting borders,” Al-Wahsh said, according to Al Arabiya.
Head of the National Council for Women Rights (NCWR), Maya Mursi,who was also present in the studio blasted Al-Wahsh’s comments and argued it was a “flagrant call” for rape and violates everything in the Egyptian constitution.
The bill proposed by parliament member, Shadia Thabet, who also featured in the television debate, was drafted after two young men raised the LGBTQ flag at a concert of the Lebanese group Mashrou’ Leila.
The council has now filed a complaint about the statement to the Supreme Council for Media Regulation.
But despite the backlash, Nabih Al-Wahsh has refused to back down, and has even released an updated statement to another media website where he said ‘his daughter would also deserve that [rape, sexual harassment] if she decided to wear jeans that are ripped from the back’.
According to statistics released by the UN, 99 per cent of Egyptian women have experienced some form of sexual harassment in their lives which ranges from derogatory comments to physical assault.
According to a 2017 report by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Egyptian capital is the most dangerous city in the world for women to travel to alone.