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Egyptian Lawyer Says It's a Man's 'Duty to Rape' Women Wearing Revealing Clothes

All hail enlightened, secularized Islam.

An Egyptian lawyer appearing on a popular news satellite news program said that it is a man’s “national duty” to rape a woman wearing revealing clothing, like ripped jeans.

Nabih al-Wahsh, a prominent conservative in Egypt, also said “it is a patriotic duty to sexually harass” women scantily dressed.

The New York Post reported that “his disgusting comments were made during a TV talk show called ‘Infrad’ on satellite channel Al-Assema.The panel were debating a draft law on prostitution and ‘inciting debauchery’ when Wahsh made the jaw-dropping comments.”

During the debate Wahsh said, “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.”

What a piece of work. Even more ludicrous is this guy’s definition of “revealing” clothing.

The report explained that “his controversial remarks prompted fury across the country and Egypt’s National Council for Women announced it plans to file a complaint to the attorney general against Wahsh and the TV channel.”

“The council said it had also filed a complaint to the Supreme Council for Media Regulation and urged media outlets not to invite controversial figures who make remarks that incite violence against women,” the report continued. “Wahsh later said his comments were a call to demand stricter punishment for sexual harassment.”

He added: “Girls must respect themselves so others respect them. Protecting morals is more important than protecting borders.”

Mr. Wahsh is no stranger to controversy. Last year, he attacked an Australian cleric with his shoe on live Egyptian TV for saying that women shouldn’t have to wear the hijab and that drinking alcohol was OK.

Egypt is Muslim Brotherhood country, even though the organization has been banned by the current government, so Wahsh’s outburst was not at all surprising. While there has apparently been condemnation of Wahsh by women’s groups and westernized media, you have to wonder, given Egypt’s recent history with freely electing the radical fundamentalist organization Muslim Brotherhood, if the lawyer’s sentiments aren’t shared by a majority of men.

President al-Sisi has made it clear he wants to secularize Egypt. But he is fighting hundreds of years of control by radical Islamists, whose attitude toward women is perfectly summed up by Wahsh.