An Egyptian lawyer who said women – even his own daughter – deserved to be raped for wearing ripped jeans has been jailed for three years. Nabih al-Wahsh has been fined as well as locked up after sparking outrage with his comments during a current affairs talk show in his homeland last month. .
Wahsh said it was part of the ‘national duty’ to rape women wearing such garments because they were “inviting men to harass them”. Despite the backlash, Wahsh refused to back down, and has even released an updated statement to another media website where he said ‘his daughter would also deserve that [rape, sexual harassment] if she decided to wear jeans that are ripped from the back’. The BBC reports that his fine was 20,000 Egyptian pounds, or around £840.
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 Arabiy. “Girls must respect themselves so others respect them,” he said. “Protecting morals is more important than protecting borders.” The debate was aired on October 19 on the Al-Assema satellite channel as guests discussed the country’s draft law fighting prostitution and debauchery.