An Egyptian lawyer has sparked outrage after saying women who wear ripped jeans deserve to be sexually harassed and raped.
Nabih al-Wahsh, a prominent conservative, said it was part of the “national duty” to rape women wearing such garments, adding that girls who wear revealing clothing are inviting men to harass them.
He made the controversial comments during a current affairs talk show called Infirad on satellite channel AI-Assema.
The panel were having a heated debate on a draft law on prostitution when al-Wahsh asked: “Are you happy when you see a girl walking down the street with half of her behind showing?”
He added: “I say that when a girl walks about like that, it is a patriotic duty to sexually harass her and a national duty to rape her.”
Egypt’s National Council for Women has since announced plans to file a complaint against the lawyer and the TV channel.
The Council has also appealed to media outlets to stop giving a platform to individuals who make comments that incite violence against women.
Maya Mursi, head of the National Council for Women Doctors, said the comments were a “flagrant call” for rape.
Despite the backlash, al-Wahsh has refused to back down, releasing a statement which said his daughter “would also deserve that [rape, sexual harassment] if she decided to wear jeans that are ripped from the back.”
The lawyer made the headlines in October last year after his debate with a liberal cleric descended into chaos. Chairs and shoes were sent flying around the TV studio after the cleric argued women should not necessarily be required to cover their hair with a headscarf.