Riots and Revolutions: My Arab Journey - Egypt and Bahrain

Nel meets Samira Ibrahim who tells her that she was arrested by the Egyptian military along with 16 other women at a protest in Cairo last March, and then held for four days. During that time, she says soldiers repeatedly beat her, gave her electric shocks and then forced her to strip for a man in military clothes who carried out a ‘virginity test’ on her. She says she felt as if she had been raped. The other women have remained silent about their experience, but in a groundbreaking move, Samira took the military-led government to court. The military has denied using torture, but admits the tests took place. Since filming, an Egyptian court has banned virginity tests for female detainees.

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