CAIRO — An Egyptian lawyer has sparked outrage in Egypt after he said that women who wear ripped jeans deserve to be sexually harassed and raped.
Nabih al-Wahsh, a prominent conservative lawyer, made the controversial comments during a TV panel show discussion debating a draft law on prostitution.
His comments were made during a TV talk show called “Infrad” on satellite channel Al-Assema. Wahsh made the jaw-dropping comments when the panel were debating a draft law on prostitution and “inciting debauchery”.
During the heated debate, Wahsh said: “Are you happy when you see a girl walking down the street with half of her behind showing?”
He added: “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.”
“Girls must respect themselves so others respect them. Protecting morals is more important than protecting borders,” lawyer Nabih Al-Wahsh said during a panel discussion on TV. He doubled down on his comments, adding that it was “a national duty” to rape girls who wear ripped jeans, as he claimed they were inciting sexual harassment.
His controversial remarks then prompted fury across the country and Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCWR) announced it plans to file a complaint to the attorney general against Wahsh and the TV channel.
The council said it had also filed a complaint to the Supreme Council for Media Regulation and urged media outlets not to invite controversial figures who make remarks that incite violence against women.
Al-Wahsh is notorious for his controversial statements and has stirred up national controversy while drawing the ire of feminists and women’s rights activists for the remarks he made in October.Follow @gorkhapost