Source: Independent

A newlywed Egyptian woman allegedly poisoned and killed her husband of five days after he told her he wanted her to undergo a virginity test, Masrawy reported

The case dates back to October 2017 and is now back in the headlines as its trial begins. In a statement he made in court, the husband's father said the defendant had been in a relationship with another man before she was forced to marry his son.

"She refused to let him touch her after their wedding and when five days passed he told her he was taking her to get a virginity test done because he felt she was trying to hide something," he said

"On the morning he was expected to take her to a doctor, we heard his screams and rushed to their apartment. When I got there, I held him and he told me his wife had poisoned him," he explained

The woman's husband died on the way to the hospital. She and her alleged boyfriend were arrested on the same day and referred to prosecution. 

The story made the rounds online earlier this week

Many attacked the woman

"She's a criminal." 

Others shared their condolences

"May he rest in peace." 

Some felt there was more to the story though

"If you knew she was rejecting this marriage and had someone else in her life, why did you force her into it? This is so bizarre." 

Virginity tests are still common in Egypt and other Arab countries

Unfortunately, in Egypt and the majority of other countries across the Arab world, a woman's virginity is still linked to her "honor". 

This is why millions of women are forced to undergo horrific virginity tests. The exam is usually performed when family members or a woman's husband suspect she had a physical relationship prior to being married. 

The practice is still prevalent across the region, especially in rural and suburban areas, but this isn't to say it doesn't also take place in more developed cities. 

Earlier last year, Elhamy Ageena, a member of Egypt's Parliament, sparked outrage after he asked universities to impose virginity tests on already enrolled female students to ensure they are still virgins. 

The country's military also performed virginity tests on several women who were arrested during the 2011 Egyptian uprising.