Egyptian lawyer Nabih al-Wahsh has been at the center of controversy for over a month now after claiming it is a "national duty" to sexually harass and rape women who wear ripped jeans, specifically from the back. 

Al-Wahsh has now be sentenced to three years in prison, along with a fine of 20,000 Egyptian pounds, according to The Independent. 

The lawyer shared his misogynistic views during the Infirad Show, hosted by Saeed Hassaseen, sparking outrage in the country. 

"Are you happy when you see a girl walking down the street with half of her behind showing?" he said at the time.

"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," al-Wahsh added.

"Girls must respect themselves so others respect them. Protecting morals is more important than protecting borders." 

Soon after the video began making the rounds online, Egypt's National Council for Women announced it would be filing a complaint against the TV channel, Al-Assema.

The council said Wahsh's comments were a "flagrant call" for rape, which goes against "everything in the Egyptian constitution." 

In November, Cairo's prosecution referred the lawyer to the State Security Misdemeanor Court "on charges of disrupting civil peace and harming public interest by inciting sexual harassment against women."

Wahsh was also officially banned from making TV and media appearances following a decision made by Egypt's Higher Council of Media.

Sexual harassment continues to affect the majority of women in Egypt

Sexual harassment is a long-standing issue that continues to affect women across Egypt. 

What al-Wahsh alluded to in his statements actually reflects a problematic - yet common - rhetoric that sees people blaming victims of sexual harassment instead of supporting their fight against it. 

According to a 2013 report released by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, 99.3 percent of Egyptian women have experienced some form of sexual harassment, despite it being a crime as per Egyptian law. 

"In 2014, changes to the Egyptian penal code criminalized sexual harassment and stipulated punishments for perpetrators, including jail sentences and fines," Al Ahram reported

Articles 306 (a) and 306 (b) of the penal code stipulate that verbal, behavioral, phone, and online sexual harassment result in a prison sentence of six months to five years, and up to 50,000 Egyptian Pounds in fines.

Earlier this year, Cairo was named as the worst "megacity for women," according to a survey carried out by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The Egyptian capital was ranked as the worst city in terms of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and forced marriages and 3rd worst in terms of sexual harassment.