VIDEO: Egyptian court orders military to stop virginity tests of women
Egyptian courts on Tuesday ruled that the military may no longer perform virginity tests on women they detain and hold in military prisons.
An Egyptian court says the military must put a stop to its virginity tests of women it is holding in military custody.
The decision comes as a result of a lawsuit filed by Samira Ibrahim, who was arrested in Tahrir Square in March and forced to undergo such a test.
Activists and protesters cheered the decision, saying it was a victory for civilian courts over the military generals who have ruled the country since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power.
"We will never let go of our rights. Whether youth or women, we will always participate and we will not quiet down until we see our country on the right path," one demonstrator said.
The ruling also orders to military to rein in soldiers who have been repeatedly accused of abusing women during the protests. The courts order was met with cheers and hoots of appreciation when it was read on Tuesday.
Ibrahim has not yet spoken publicly about her victory, but she can be seen in the courtroom smilingly broadly and flashing the V for Victory symbol after the verdict was read.