An unnamed Egyptian general has reportedly told CNN that so-called “virginity tests” were indeed carried out on some female protesters taken into custody during the massive protests that overturned former dictator Hosni Mubarak.
“We didn’t want them to say we had sexually assaulted or raped them, so we wanted to prove that they weren’t virgins in the first place,” he reportedly said. “None of them were (virgins).”
(Editor’s note: The quote above does not appear in the video below, but is reflected in CNN’s report.)
Advocacy group Amnesty International said in March that at least 18 different women were subjected to this treatment, first at a military prison, then inside the Cairo Museum.
The women claimed they were beaten and tortured with electric shocks.
Led by journalist Rasha Azeb with the al-Fagr newspaper, the women have filed a lawsuit against Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, demanding that the use of military courts end.
This video is from CNN, broadcast Monday, May 30, 2011.