CAIRO, Dec 27 (Reuters) - An Egyptian court ordered on Tuesday that forced virginity tests be stopped on female detainees in military prisons.
The case was filed by Samira Ibrahim, a woman who said the army forced her to undergo a virginity test in March after she was arrested during a protest in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
GlobalPost reports that the 25-year-old received a suspended one-year sentence after being subjected to the test. “I was beaten, electrocuted, and forced to strip naked in front of male officers,” she told GlobalPost about her four days in prison.
Ahram Online notes that Ibrahim was one of 7 female protesters subjected to the test, however she was the only one to go forward to the public with her account.
Human rights organisations say that there have been many other such tests by the military.
“The court orders that the execution of the procedure of virginity tests on girls inside military prisons be stopped,” said judge Aly Fekry, head of Cairo Administrative court. Hundreds of activists inside the courtroom cheered after the ruling was read out.
According to the Associated Press, in June a member of Egypt’s military council, Maj. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, said that the tests were justified to guard the army from rape allegations.
(Reporting by Yasmine Saleh; Writing by Tamim Elyan)