March 24, 2011
Human rights group Amnesty International on Wednesday called on Egypt’s government to investigate accusations that the army tortured and abused women arrested in anti-government protests earlier this month.
At least 18 women were arrested on March 9 when army officers forcibly cleared Tahrir Square in Cairo, centre of the protests that toppled president Hosni Mubarak in February.
Some of those detained said the abuse included forced “virginity tests”, beatings, electric shocks and strip searches while being photographed by male soldiers.
“Women and girls must be able to express their views on the future of Egypt and protest against the government without being detained, tortured or subjected to profoundly degrading and discriminatory treatment,” the rights group said in a statement.
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