Women in Egypt beaten by army officers

by Maddy Hughes
Women's Views on News and the New York Times both recently reported about the assaults on 19 women by the military in Egypt.

Since Hosni Mubarak stepped down from his position as president, the military has reportedly stepped in as the force to maintain order in the country, even above the police force. From the start, protesters for the most part regarded the army as an ally in their political revolution. But the military seems to dislike the chaos so much that some members have taken to torturing protesters.

On March 9 the army evacuated more than 190 people centered in Tahrir Square, also known as the central location of the revolution, "Liberation Square." Nineteen of these were women taken to an Egyptian museum, tied to a fence surrounding it and beaten or electrocuted.

One of these women, Salwa al-Housini Gouda, told the story from that day. She was taken along with the 18 other women afterward to a military prison, where they were all tested for virginity on a bed in a hallway.

The army denied the account to be true but some of the other women as well as human rights groups confirmed that it had happened. Ragia Omran, a Cairo human rights lawyer, said that their actions were technically sexual assaults, but the military is considered above the law, keeping them safe from punishment.

This event is an example of the hardships involved with a revolution--chaos is not enough to ensure the progress of a nation.

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