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Egypt MP stirs controversy with call for virginity tests

Two members of parliament have caused an uproar for suggesting virginity tests be given to female students.
A general view of the session of the upper house of the parliament in Cairo June 10, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS) - RTX10INA
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Egyptian member of parliament Elhami Agina made a proposal late last month to subject university female students to periodical virginity tests as a condition to be admitted to college or move from one academic year to the next. His proposal was met with wide rejection despite his saying that this would stop the spread of a practice known as customary marriage among high school and university students in Egypt.

Customary marriage — also known as nikah 'urfi — is a traditional form of marriage within Sunni Islam that does not require a contract to be officially registered with state authorities. Such marriages have been subject to criticism in the past for being seen as a means for couples to have sex within a legal framework while not going through the traditional steps of marriage.

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