Member of parliament Elhamy Agina continued his streak of controversial statements. In his latest statement, he said that all women should undergo “virginity tests” before being admitted to Egyptian universities.
In his statement to privately-owned Al-Youm Al-Sabee, Agina said that this should be an obligatory measure and that all women should supply a document proving their virginity. His statement received backlash from other MPs, media figures, and lawyers.
MP Margret Azer told the privately-owned Al-Masry Al-Youm that what Agina said should not be responded to. Instead, she will file a complaint to the parliamentary speaker, along with other MPs, to refer Agina to a disciplinary committee.
Agina has a long list of controversial statements. Last week, he said the victims of the capsized Rashid boat who were illegally migrating deserved “no sympathy”.
The MP also said in September that women should undergo the procedure of female genital mutilation (FGM) to curb their sexual desire, due to the impotence of Egyptian men. Agina refused to backtrack from this comment and said that this is a personal opinion and he is not imposing it on anyone.
Agina, who is a member in the parliament’s Human Rights Committee, is facing the potential freezing of his membership in parliament as demanded by the latest complaint filed against him.