Rape is a ‘national duty’ for men, lawyer says

A lawyer who said it was people’s ‘national duty’ to rape women in ripped jeans has been jailed for three years.

Nabih al-Wahsh, a high-profile conservative in Egypt, was also fined 20,000 Egyptian pounds (£839) over the comments.

He made the comments on a TV panel show on 19 October.

Panellists on the show, Al-Assema, had been discussing a draft law on prostitution.

‘Are you happy when you see a girl walking down the street with half of her behind showing?’ he said.

‘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.’

He added: ‘It is a national duty to rape her! What she allows herself to do constitutes depravity.’

His comments sparked controversy and anger across Egypt, with the country’s National Council for Women filing a complaint against the TV channel.

The Council said Mr al-Wahsh had made a ‘flagrant call’ for rape, and was in violation of ‘everything in the Egyptian constitution’.

They also issued a statement urging media outlets not to give a platform to people who make comments inciting violence against women.

The group has now also filed a complaint about the broadcast to the Supreme Council for Media Regulation.

Mr al-Wahsh has previously sparked controversy by proudly labelling himself an anti-Semite, and calling the Holocaust ‘imaginary’.

‘If I see any Israeli, I will kill him,’ he told another TV panel show.

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