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Egypt: Amending the marriage certificate to protect rape victims

Group blog Bikya Masr reported: Prominent Egyptian female religious leader Soad Saleh has called on the country ministry of justice to amend its current marriage certificate regulations where women must write “virgin” or “divorced” or “widow” – the latter two considered one category. She said that the ministry should allow a third option to be written on the license that reads “never been married” as a means of protecting the honor of women who have been raped.

  • That’s strange. What category did rape victims fall under so far then?
    In any event, I like the idea, but I’m afraid it will never be accepted.
    I can already hear the counter-argument: “this amendment will encourage pre-marital sex”.

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