Egyptian MP Calls For Female Students To Undergo Virginity Tests

An Egyptian lawmaker suggests university cards should only been issued to female students upon their passing a virginity test


A new year at university usually calls for a visit to Paperchase, a last minute haircut and a final raid of the family fridge.

But, according to Egyptian lawmaker Elhamy Agina, female students should undergo mandatory 'virginity tests' before being accepted to the country's universities.

And here's us thinking you just needed intelligence and a good personal statement to get into university…


'Any girl who enters university, we have to check her medical examination to prove that she is a Miss,' Agina told Egypt's Youm 7 newspaper.

'Therefore, each girl must present an official document upon being admitted to university stating she's a Miss.

'No one should be upset by this decision,' he added.

Sure, Mr Agina. Sure…

Several women have taken to social media to show their disgust at Agina's sexist and derogatory comments, highlighting the MP's incorrect use of the title 'Miss' to refer to a woman's virginity.



According to Agina – who is surprisingly a member of the Egyptian parliament's human rights committee – the compulsory testing would help to reduce the number of 'Urfi' marriages (otherwise known as 'customary marriages', popular among young Egyptians as they aren't officially registered and don't require family blessings).

As pre-marital sex is forbidden in conservative Egypt, many conservatives and officials believe these unions to be a means of bypassing traditional practices.

Agina also suggested that any woman who fails the virginity test would see her parents informed immediately and urged the country's Higher Education Ministry to make him – or one of his supporters – responsible for reviewing the tests before women would be issued a student card.

The politician's comments come just one month after he suggested women should undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) to 'reduce their sexual desires' as Egyptian men are 'sexually weak.'

'If women are not circumcised, they will become sexually strong and there will be a problem,' he said.

And this man got into power, how?

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