Women who wear ripped jeans deserve to be raped – Egyptian lawyer

An Egyptian lawyer, Nabih al-Wahsh, has sparked outrage after he claimed that women who wear ripped jeans deserved to be raped.

Wahsh spoke during the Infirad Show, a current affairs talk show in Egypt hosted by Saeid Hasaseen.

According to Wahsh it was part of the ‘national duty’ to rape women wearing such garments because they were “inviting men to harass them.”

The renowned lawyer said that his view was even more valid if the jeans were ripped from the back, Al Arabiya reports.

He said, “Girls must respect themselves so others respect them. Protecting morals is more important than protecting borders.”

However, Maya Mursi, who is the Head of the National Council for Women’s Rights said the comments were a “flagrant call” for rape and violate ‘everything in the Egyptian constitution.

The council has now filed a complaint about the statement to the Supreme Council for Media Regulation.

Despite the backlash, the lawyer 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.”

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