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Here is another comprehensive report on the abortion of female fetuses aired on 14 April, 2011 on National Public Radio!
Within the Indian social construct, it would seem that culture is an unchangeable force that has remained the same for millenniums and is not subject to change anytime soon, as many defenders of the status quo would have you believe. However, I can prove to you that culture can change, and it can change rapidly at that!
Investigate forced 'virginity testing' of Egyptian women protesters.
The Egyptian military may have just hit a disturbing, new low: at least 18 women who were arrested during a peaceful protest in Tahrir Square on March 9 said they were forced to take "virginity tests".
Those women were threatened with charges of prostitution if they "failed" the tests. One woman, who said she was a virgin but whose test supposedly proved otherwise, was beaten and given electric shocks.
Make no doubt about it, this constitutes torture. The purpose of this test is to degrade women because they are women. This treatment is unacceptable.
Demand that Egyptian officials investigate the allegations and stop this shocking and degrading treatment of women protesters. Call on Secretary Clinton to use her influence to demand immediate action.
Twenty-year-old Salwa Hosseini told Amnesty interviewers that she was subjected to strip searches while male soldiers watched and took pictures.
Country Specialist, Egypt
Amnesty International USA