An Egyptian Muslim lawyer has been sentenced to three years in prison after he claimed that men have a “national duty” to rape women who wear ripped jeans. Nabih al-Wahsh comments were made during a TV talk show called “Infrad” on satellite channel Al-Assema.
The topic of discussion was a proposed law on sex work, according to Al Arabiya.
Al-Wahsh denounced women who wear ripped jeans, adding that they were inviting men to harass them when they wore such clothing.
“I say that when a girl walks about like that, it is a patriotic duty to sexually harass her and a national duty to rape her,” he continued.
“Girls must respect themselves so others respect them. Protecting morals is more important than protecting borders.”
His controversial remarks prompted fury across the country and Egypt’s National Council for Women.A study conducted by the Egyptian Centre for Women’s Rights in 2008 found that 83 per cent of women said they’d been sexually harassed, while 62 per cent of men admitted to harassing women.Further 43 per cent of men in Egypt believe that women like the attention and they appreciate being sexually harassed.Women’s rights campaigners in Cairo say this stems from deeply entrenched centuries-old traditions of discrimination.
Al-Wahsh has previously stated his opposition to women serving as judges – arguing if women become judges they could also become muftis, a Muslim legal expert who has the power to give rulings on religious issues.
He said: “If we let a woman become a judge, why shouldn’t she become Sheik of Al-Azhar? Why shouldn’t she become the Mufti?
“Why don’t we all just go to Hell?! Will she issue me a fatwa while she is menstruating?!”