Egypt rules against virginity tests

Dec. 27, 2011 at 12:20 PM
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CAIRO, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- An Egyptian court has banned virginity tests for female detainees, officials said.

The ruling was made Tuesday after Samira Ibrahim sued the military-led government, alleging she was one of the women subjected to a virginity exam after she was arrested during March 9 pro-democracy protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square, CNN reported.

"Justice has been served today," Ibrahim told CNN. "These tests are a crime and also do not comply with the constitution, which states equality between men and woman. I will not give up my rights as a woman or a human being."

The court said the ban only affects the use of virginity tests in military prisons and on women in temporary detention.

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