Egyptian army forces women protesters to take "virginity tests"

March 26, 2011

Fatwas and Flogging on Fake hymens in Egypt?

Media_httpyourjewishn_ppkcqFrom Amnesty International: Ain’t Arab democracy wonderful? Amnesty International has today called on the Egyptian authorities to investigate serious allegations of torture, including forced ‘virginity tests’, inflicted by the army on women protesters arrested in Tahrir Square earlier this month. After army officers violently cleared the square of protesters on 9 March, at least 18 women were held in military detention. Amnesty International has been told by women protesters that they were beaten, given electric shocks, subjected to strip searches while being photographed by male soldiers, then forced to submit to ‘virginity checks’ and threatened with prostitution charges.
‘Virginity tests’ are a form of torture when they are forced or coerced.
“Forcing women to have ‘virginity tests’ is utterly unacceptable. Its purpose is to degrade women because they are women,” said Amnesty International. “All members of the medical profession must refuse to take part in such so-called ‘tests’.”

20-year-old Salwa Hosseini told Amnesty International that after she was arrested and taken to a military prison in Heikstep, she was made, with the other women, to take off all her clothes to be searched by a female prison guard, in a room with two open doors and a window. During the strip search, Salwa Hosseini said male soldiers were looking into the room and taking pictures of the naked women.
The women were then subjected to ‘virginity tests’ in a different room by a man in a white coat. They were threatened that “those not found to be virgins” would be charged with prostitution.
According to information received by Amnesty International, one woman who said she was a virgin but whose test supposedly proved otherwise was beaten and given electric shocks.

(h/t Silke)


Fatwas and Flogging on Fake hymens in Egypt?

November 7, 2010

According to, a capsule is being sold in Arab communities in the Middle East – including in Israel – that is inserted vaginally before the wedding night. It then explodes, giving off a red dye that resembles blood, thus potentially saving the woman’s life, as well as her reputation.


…but why not get the surgery?   Real blood is better.  right?

DUBAI (Al Arabiya)

From new noses to luscious lips modern technology means anything can be bought, and now a Chinese-made “hymen” aims to give women back their virginity, which MPs in Egypt have slammed as a deceitful tool that promotes vice and corruption. The hymen, called the Virginity Hymen, consists of a tiny pouch that is inserted inside a womans vagina and contains a red substance, simulating blood, which leaks when the pouch is broken during sexual intercourse. The devise, which costs $15, has kicked off mass debates amongst Egypts MPs and religious scholars about ways to stop it from being imported to Egypt as they fear it may encourage promiscuous behavior. A fatwa sanctioning the harshest of punishments on those who import the hymen was issued by Dr. Abdel-Moati Bayoumi, a member of the Center for Islamic Research (CIR), which has been slammed as unnecessary. People who bring the artificial hymen into the country should be severely penalized, Bayoumi, who is also a former Deputy Chairman of the Religious Affairs Committee in parliament, stated in his fatwa. They spread vice and encourage girls to engage in illicit relationships as they know they can restore their virginity, he warned. Egyptian imam, Sheikh Youssef al-Badri, agreed with Bayoumi and argued that people who import the hymen should be made an example of to others so they dont think of getting involved in the same business. A person dealing with artificial hymens should be flogged, put in jail, or deported from the country so that no one else could think of following suit, he said. Meanwhile another CIR member, Sheikh Mahmoud Ashour, slammed Bayoumis fatwa as “ijtihad,” an independent interpretation of Islamic law in order to evaluate a contemporary issue. Instead of imposing penalties on importers of artificial hymens, we should declare it is religiously illicit to import it, sell it or distribute it, Ashour, who is also the former al-Azhar deputy chairman, told the London-based Asharq al-Awsat. We should also impose hefty fines on those import it, he added. Dr. Mustafa al-Shakaa, also a CIR member, said it was enough to apply the commercial fraud law on this new product. The artificial hymen involves deceit on the part of women, he told the paper. Thus importing it is fraudulent. Shakaa added that any decision concerning the artificial hymen should be preceded by meetings between Islamic scholars so they can reach a consensus on ways to deal with what he called a violation of Muslim honor. Despite the fuss about the product, there is still no proof it has reached the Egyptian market but rumor has it that it is already being used by some doctors in private clinics. Islam forbids fornication, or sex outside of marriage. In some traditional societies a woman’s virginity is linked with family honor and is, in fact, the main cause of the majority of honor killings