CAIRO: Al-Azhar University male students have launched a campaign called “Detain Us and Release the Women” in an effort to physically replace female colleagues detained for sentences the students described as “retaliatory” in a statement Sunday.
The statement said that eight female detainees were forced to undergo virginity tests and 35 were forced to take pregnancy tests.
Detained Al-Azhar female students have also been abused at police stations and camps, by being beaten, verbally insulted and searched in a way that borders sexual harassment, the statement said.
The statement added that 98 female students, 35 of whom are from the Al-Azhar University branch in Cairo, were detained during the fall semester.
Khadiga Ismail, released on bail, was sentenced to four years in prison, and Sumaya Khaled, also released on bail, was sentenced to four years, according to the statement.
Sumaya Ramadan was sentenced to a year and a half in prison and is serving the term in Qanater prison, the statement said, adding that five other students were sentenced in absentia.
Seven students have been detained since Dec. 24, each sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of 100,000 EGP ($14,367), the statement said.
On Jan. 12, student Yasmin Nabil lost her left eye to a birdshot pellet, dozens others were injured and four were detained, the statement added.
Originally published in Youm7.