Women should undergo virginity tests before enrolling at universities – Egyptian MP
All women attempting to enter a university should be forced to undergo a virginity test, the results of which would be submitted to their parents, an Egyptian MP has urged.
The lawmaker, Elhamy Agina, addressed the Egyptian Minister of Higher Education on Friday to issue a mandate making virginity tests obligatory for future female students.
“Any girl who enters university, we have to check her medical examination to prove that she is a Miss (a term often used to refer to virgins in Egyptian culture),” Agina told Youm7 newspaper.
“Therefore, each girl must present an official document upon being admitted to university stating she’s a Miss,” he explained.
According to the MP, virginity tests will contribute to reducing the number of so-called ‘urfi marriages’ in the country.
Urfi marriages do not require the approval of the bride’s guardian, and only two witnesses need to be present. They are often entered into by couples without the knowledge of their families, and remain undocumented.