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Schoolgirl virginity tests prompt outrage in Indonesia

The education chief of an Indonesian city sparked outrage Wednesday after proposing that teenage schoolgirls should undergo virginity tests to enter senior high school. Activists accused Muhammad Rasyid of promoting “sexual violence against women” after he suggested the plan following the arrest of six high-school students for alleged prostitution. “If…

Egyptian army doctor cleared in ‘virginity tests’ case

CAIRO — An Egyptian military court on Sunday acquitted an army doctor accused of conducting forced “virginity tests” on female protesters last year, state media reported. Ahmed Adel was cleared of conducting the test on Samira Ibrahim, who brought the case against him, after the judge found the witness statements…

Egypt court orders end to ‘virginity tests’ in army prisons

An Egyptian court ordered the Egyptian army on Tuesday to stop forced virginity tests on female detainees, months after the practice sparked a national outcry and stained the ruling military’s reputation. The Cairo Administrative Court ruled in favour of Samira Ibrahim, who sued the army over the practice, slammed by rights groups as torture and…

Clinton accuses Gaddafi of using rape as a tool

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused the forces of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi on Thursday of using rape and violence against women as “tools of war.” Clinton said the United States was “deeply concerned” by reports of widescale rape in Libya and “troubled” by reports that governments…

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