Egypt Bans Virginity Tests

    Egyptian women protest against the military council violations and virginity tests on women, outside the State Council court in Cairo on December 27, 2011. An Egyptian court ordered the Egyptian army to stop forced virginity tests on female detainees.   AFP PHOTO /FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An Egyptian court on Tuesday banned virginity tests for female detainees, months after women arrested in a March rally on Tahrir Square alleged they were forced to take the examinations. Samira Ibrahim, 25, took the military-led government to court in August, alleging that she was forcibly subjected to a virginity test in March—and since then she claims she has received death threats after bringing the case. “I will not give up my rights as a woman or a human being,” Ibrahim said. Although Egyptian authorities originally denied issuing the tests, at least one senior official has admitted the practice exists.

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