Egyptian lawyer jailed for saying women who wear torn jeans should be raped on TV

Egyptian lawyer Nabih al-Wahsh

An Egyptian lawyer who said that women – including his own daughter – deserved to be raped for wearing ripped jeans has been jailed for three years.

Nabih al-Wahsh has been fined in addition to being imprisoned after he sparked outrage with his comments during a current affairs talk show last month.

The BBC reports that his fine was 20,000 Egyptian pounds (£840).

Wahsh’s comments during a television programme had provoked complaints to the state prosecutor who decided to put him on trial.

The lawyer had said it was a “national duty” to rape women who wear tight and ripped jeans.

The prosecution had charged him with “publicly inciting to flout the law” and “spreading with malice reports and statements meant to perturb public order…and harm the public interest.”

The sentence can be appealed.

During his original interview on the Infirad Show, Wahsh said his view was even more valid if the jeans were ripped from the back, according to Al Araby.

He said: “Girls must respect themselves so others respect them.

“Protecting morals is more important than protecting borders.”

The female guests on the show attempted to fight back against Wahsh’s views.

Egyptian women have long complained of rampant sexual harassment, which the Sisi regime has claimed it is working toward tackling via tougher laws.

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