Egypt court bans military virginity tests

CAIRO—An Egyptian court has ordered the country’s military rulers to stop the use of “virginity tests” on female detainees, a practice that has caused an uproar among activists and rights groups.

The civilian administrative court decision Tuesday comes after one of the abused women filed two suits against the military’s practice, one demanding it be banned and an other accusing an officer of sexual assault.

The virginity test allegations first surfaced after a March 9 rally in Cairo’s Tahrir Square that turned violent when men in plainclothes attacked protesters and the army forcefully cleared the square.

Human Rights Watch said seven women were subjected to the tests. At first the military denied they were done, and then a military prosecutor said the army is looking into the issue.

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