Egyptian lawyer sentenced to prison over rape comments
An Egyptian lawyer was sentenced to three years in prison for saying women who wear ripped jeans deserve to be raped.
Nabih al-Wahsh, was also fined 20,000 Egyptian pounds, the equivalent of $ 1,130, for making the inflammatory remarksmade during an October television appearance, The BBC reported.
The prominent conservative figure sparked fury as a panel member discussing a draft law on prostitution.
“Are you happy when you see a girl walking down the street with half of her behind showing?” he said.
“I say that when a girl walks about like that, it is a patriotic duty to sexually harass them,” he said. He added that “protecting morals is more important than protecting borders.”
Advocacy groups spoke out to condemn al-Wahsh’s controversial remarks.
The National Council for Women’s Rights said they were a “flagrant call” for rape and violated “everything in the Egyptian constitution.”
The council has also filed a complaint with the Supreme Council for Media Regulation about the Oct. 19 broadcast.
Wahsh is known to incite outrage—he previously called the Holocaust “imaginary” and is a self-described proud anti-Semite, according to The BBC.
“If I see any Israeli, I will kill him,” he said during a separate TV appearance.
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