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Egypt's National Council for Women attacks MP over virginity test comments

Published 02/10/2016

An Egyptian activist shouts anti-military Supreme Council slogans during a demonstration in front of Cairo's high court (AP)
An Egyptian activist shouts anti-military Supreme Council slogans during a demonstration in front of Cairo's high court (AP)

Egypt's top women's advocacy group has filed a complaint with the chief prosecutor against an MP who called for mandatory virginity tests for women seeking university admission, it has been reported.

Maya Morsi, head of the National Council for Women, is quoted on Sunday by Al-Masry Al-Youm as saying she will demand the expulsion from parliament of Ilhami Agena and a criminal investigation into his actions.

She says the MP is harming the reputation of Egypt and its women.

The MP said in an interview last week that virginity tests were needed to combat the proliferation of informal marriages, known as "gawaz orfy," between students.

Virtually expense free, such marriages have become more popular in recent years because of high unemployment among young people and a shortage of affordable housing.

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