An Egyptian lawyer has been jailed for three years and fined 20,000 Egyptian pounds (US$1,130) for his remark that it is “national duty” to rape women — even his own daughter — who wear ripped jeans. Participating in a debate on a TV channel in October, Nabih al-Wahsh said women wearing revealing clothing are inviting men to harass them. Girls must respect themselves so others respect them. Protecting morals is more important than protecting borders, he said. His remarks caused public outrage with the National Council for Women’s Rights saying they were a “flagrant call” for rape in violation of “everything in the Egyptian constitution”. State prosecutors charged him with disrupting public peace. Earlier, he had called the Holocaust “imaginary”. In October last year, while taking part in another TV show, he had a verbal clash with a cleric who said one should not force women to wear headscarf.
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