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[WATCH] Egyptian lawyer says it’s a national duty to rape girls who wear revealing clothes

Nabih al-Wahsh said that women dressed in revealing clothes should be raped. 'It is a patriotic duty to sexually harass her and a national duty to rape her'

2 November 2017, 9:46am
Egyptian Lawyer and prominent conservative, Naibh al-Wahsh has caused outrage for saying that harassing and raping girls who wear revealing clothes such as ripped jeans is a “national duty”.

The controversial comments were made during a TV talk show called “Infrad” on satellite channel Al-Assema. The discussion was a debate on a draft law on prostitution

Naibh al-Wahsh said "Are you happy when you see a girl walking down the street with half of her behind showing?"

“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.”

al-Wahsh’s remarks have prompted outrage across the country, while Egypt’s National Council for Women announced it plans to file a complaint against the TV channel. It also issued a plea for media outlets to refrain from providing a platform for people who make incendiary comments that incite violence against women.

The National Council also said it would be filing a complaint against Mr al-Wahsh himself and reproached his statement.

“All the members of the council denounce and decry this statement that explicitly promotes rape and sexual harassment,” it said in a statement.

Wahsh later said his comments were a call to demand stricter punishment for sexual harassment.

He said: 'Girls must respect themselves so others respect them. Protecting morals is more important than protecting borders.'