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Nabih al-Wahsh has been sentenced to three years in prison after declaring that women should be raped on the basis of what they are wearing.

The Egyptian lawyer was appearing on a television panel show in October of this year when he made comments which sparked international outrage.

Nabih al-Wahsh used a discussion on prostitution to air his repugnant views on females in society, saying: "Are you happy when you see a girl walking down the street with half of her behind showing?"

"I say that when a girl walks about like that, it is a patriotic duty to sexually harass her and a national duty to rape her," he argued.

al-Wahsh's horrifying commentary led the Egypt’s National Council for Women to file a complaint against the channel on which he appeared, and insisted his contribution violated Egypt's constitution to protect the rights of women.

The lawyer was charged with “publicly inciting to flout the law” and “spreading with malice reports and statements meant to perturb public order … and harm the public interest.”

In addition to being jailed for three years, Nabih al-Wahsh must also pay a fine of 20,000 Egyptian pounds.

The three-year sentence was passed in absentia as Nabih al-Wahsh, who was previously released on bail, did not attend the hearing on Saturday.

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An Egyptian lawyer has come under fire after he suggested that women who wear revealing clothing, such as ripped jeans, deserve to be raped.

Nabih al-Wahsh, a prominent conservative, said it is a “patriotic duty” to sexually harass a girl who shows parts of her body in public.

According to Al Arabiya, he said: “Are you happy when you see a girl walking down the street with half of her behind showing?”

“I say that when a girl walks about like that, it is a patriotic duty to sexually harass her and a national duty to rape her.”

Adding: “Girls must respect themselves so others respect them.”

The shocking comments were made during a live television debate in which panel members were discussing a draft law fighting prostitution and debauchery.

Understandably, Mr al-Wahsh's statement has sparked outrage across the globe and Egypt’s National Council for Women have announced plans to file a complaint against the TV channel.

“All the members of the council denounce and decry this statement that explicitly promotes rape and sexual harassment,” it said in a statement.

According to reports, Al-Wahsh previously described Egypt’s National Centre for Women as a "suspicious den" responsible for the "spread of divorces" and the "destruction of Egypt."

The comments come after an international poll named Cairo as the most dangerous megacity for women to live in. 

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