The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case that would have required a man to tie a woman’s legs and feet to a tube tied to a toilet seat.
The case of a man who was arrested and charged with rape and assault was about a woman, who was repeatedly raped by her husband and was unable to remove her underwear to go to the bathroom, according to the Associated Press.
The court refused to hear the case, saying it was too early to tell if the victim was able to remove the tube from the toilet seat, according the AP.
The ruling means that the state of Michigan will be allowed to use an electric fence to prevent a woman from being able to leave the home without tying her legs and foot to a tub tied to the toilet.
The decision has raised concerns in some states, particularly those with large immigrant populations, about women’s rights.
The state’s Attorney General, Jennifer Roberts, had argued that the procedure violates the US Constitution’s equal protection clause, which guarantees that the rights of all people should be protected regardless of their race, color, national origin, age or religion.
“We have long believed that the right to be free from violence is a fundamental right guaranteed to all Americans,” Roberts said in a statement.
“The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear this case underscores that fundamental right and calls into question the legitimacy of our current approach to sexual assault.”
The decision by the US Supreme court came two days after another man was charged with raping a woman while she was tied to an electric pipe.
The Ohio man, who has not been identified, was arrested on charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault and kidnapping, according a police report obtained by ABC News.
The woman told police she was sexually assaulted by the man after a fight with her husband.
The man allegedly tied her legs together and then sexually assaulted her while she resisted, the report said.
The woman was able, according with the woman, to remove some of the toilet bowl, but the remaining toilet bowl remained attached to the man’s genitals, according her lawsuit.
The man has been released on bond and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation will investigate.