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Egypt court ends virginity tests on female detainees

  • An Egyptian protester holds a sign reading "Abbassiya is not a hospice. Words are meaningless" on December 26, 2011. (AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTE)

CAIRO: 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.

Human rights organizations 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.

 
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