Middle East

Egypt group after lawmaker over virginity test comments

  • FILE - In this Friday, March 16, 2012, file photo, an Egyptian activist shouts anti-military Supreme Council slogans during a demonstration in front of Cairo's high court, Egypt. An independent Egyptian daily says the state’s top women’s advocacy group has filed a complaint with the chief prosecutor against a lawmaker who called for mandatory virginity tests for women seeking university admission. Arabic reads " March 9, 2011, protesters torture " and " We did not want the Egyptian woman to be a second-class citizen". (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    FILE - In this Friday, March 16, 2012, file photo, an Egyptian activist shouts anti-military Supreme Council slogans during a demonstration in front of Cairo's high court, Egypt. An independent Egyptian daily says the state’s top women’s advocacy group has filed a complaint with the chief prosecutor against a lawmaker who called for mandatory virginity tests for women seeking university admission. Arabic reads " March 9, 2011, protesters torture " and " We did not want the Egyptian woman to be a second-class citizen". (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Friday, March 16, 2012, file photo, Egyptian activists shout anti-military Supreme Council slogans during a demonstration in front of Cairo's high court, Egypt. An independent Egyptian daily says the state’s top women’s advocacy group has filed a complaint with the chief prosecutor against a lawmaker who called for mandatory virginity tests for women seeking university admission. Arabic reads " We don't want the Egyptian woman to be a second-class citizen". (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    FILE - In this Friday, March 16, 2012, file photo, Egyptian activists shout anti-military Supreme Council slogans during a demonstration in front of Cairo's high court, Egypt. An independent Egyptian daily says the state’s top women’s advocacy group has filed a complaint with the chief prosecutor against a lawmaker who called for mandatory virginity tests for women seeking university admission. Arabic reads " We don't want the Egyptian woman to be a second-class citizen". (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Sept. 8, 2016, photo, Egyptian Parliamentary member Ilhami Agena, left, attends the human rights committee in Cairo, Egypt. An independent Egyptian daily says the state’s top women’s advocacy group has filed a complaint with the chief prosecutor against the lawmaker who called for mandatory virginity tests for women seeking university admission. (AP Photo/Lobna Tarek)

    In this Sept. 8, 2016, photo, Egyptian Parliamentary member Ilhami Agena, left, attends the human rights committee in Cairo, Egypt. An independent Egyptian daily says the state’s top women’s advocacy group has filed a complaint with the chief prosecutor against the lawmaker who called for mandatory virginity tests for women seeking university admission. (AP Photo/Lobna Tarek)  (The Associated Press)

An independent Egyptian daily says the state's top women's advocacy group has filed a complaint with the chief prosecutor against a lawmaker who called for mandatory virginity tests for women seeking university admission.

Maya Morsi, head of the National Council for Women, is quoted Sunday by Al-Masry Al-Youm as saying she will demand the expulsion from parliament of Ilhami Agena and a criminal investigation into his actions. She says the lawmaker is harming the reputation of Egypt and its women.

The lawmaker said in an interview last week that virginity tests were needed to combat the proliferation of informal marriages, known as "gawaz orfy," between students. Virtually expense free, such marriages have become more popular in recent years because of high unemployment among youth and a shortage of affordable housing.