Virginity Tests On Prisoners Banned By Egyptian Court

Egypt's military leader and head of state Mohamed Hussein Tantawi reacts to the ruling against "virginity tests" conducted on female prisoners.

A panel of three civilian judges has ruled that the Egyptian military has no right to perform “virginity tests” on female protesters being held prisoner in military prisons. The military has claimed the tests are necessary to protect prison personnel against false charges of abuse.

“In our culture it is not allowed to rape a virgin” a military spokesperson said. “We must determine who is a candidate for abuse and who is not. We wouldn’t want to do anything wrong.”