General: Egypt Carried Out 'Virginity Tests' on Protesters

Official admits Amnesty report is true
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2011 3:19 AM CDT
Egyptian protesters carry a banner that reads in Arabic "Mubarak, the guillotine is waiting for you" as they take part in a protest at Tahrir Square in Cairo last week.   (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

(Newser) – An Egyptian general has admitted that female protesters were forced to submit to "virginity tests" after being arrested in Cairo's Tahrir Square. The senior general defended the tests, which were carried out on women arrested a few weeks after Hosni Mubarak's ouster, CNN report. "The girls who were detained were not like your daughter or mine," he said. "These were girls who had camped out in tents with male protesters in Tahrir Square

"We didn't want them to say we had sexually assaulted or raped them, so we wanted to prove that they weren't virgins in the first place," the general said. "None of them were." In the March 9 protest, the military targeted protesters, unlike in previous demonstrations. Amnesty International later issued a report accusing the Egyptian military of subjecting the women to virginity tests, strip searches, and beatings while male soldiers were allowed to look on and take photos. (Read more virginity test stories.)

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