The ultimate protest
A 25-year-old Egyptian man cut off his penis in protest against a forced marriage.
June 3, 2009 7:47 by Dana El Baltaji
A 25-year-old Egyptian man is in stable condition after cutting off his own penis and mutilating his testicles in protest against his an arranged marriage, reports Al Arabiya. The young man was rushed to a hospital close to his village of Sheikh Essa in Egypt.
Unfortunately, doctors were unable to stitch his member back.
“He was in love with a woman but his parents rejected her and told him to marry another woman he didn’t want. He took a knife and cut off his penis in his room,” an official said.
Cases of forced marriages in Egypt are common, especially in rural areas; however, most reported cases are of women being forced into arranged marriages by their male relatives.
A Human Rights Watch report titled Egypt: Divorced From Justice published in 2004 said that over 20 percent of Egyptian women between the age of 20 to 24 were married by the age of 18, suggesting that most of the marriages were forced.
It also said that “Forced marriage, a slavery-like practice, violates a number of international human rights norms, including the right to freely enter into marriage, the right to personal liberty and security, and the right to bodily integrity. Forced and early marriages are particularly acute in rural areas.”
Not everyone agrees. One commentator on Al Arabiya’s website believes the young man is wrong to have protested against his parents, claiming he “is going against our traditions. Parents ALWAYS know better. Just like people of authority, parents ALWAYS know what is better for you. This is applies to what you eat, read, listen to, watch, think or in this case whom you want to stick that severed member into [sic].”
What do you think? Was the young man right to protest against his parents? Or should he have gone through the marriage and saved his appendage?