Editor's note: Isobel Coleman could be the composer of "Paradise Beneath Her Feet" and a fellow that is senior U.S. international policy during the Council on Foreign Relations in brand brand New York.
(CNN) -- back March, Amnesty Overseas started reporting that the military that is egyptian exposed 17 females protesters at a Tahrir Square demonstration to "virginity tests." The ladies told Amnesty they was indeed handcuffed and beaten, stripped searched and photographed by male soldiers, then restrained by feminine soldiers while a person in a white layer performed a virginity check.
The armed forces denied the accusations, however in the past few times, a general that is senior verified to CNN that certainly, the virginity tests happened. The overall justified the abuse by saying these females "were nothing like your mine or daughter. They certainly were girls that has camped call at tents with male protesters."
The overall went on to insist that the tests had been necessary because "we did not desire (the ladies) to express we had intimately assaulted or raped them, they just weren't virgins to begin with. therefore we wanted to show"
Exactly what are virginity tests? They've been a controversial but practice that is relatively common Egypt -- to such an extent that hymenoplasty (hymen renovation) is actually desired by Egyptian brides to safeguard their reputation to their wedding evening. However their usage as an intimidation element by protection forces appears to be a brand new twist.