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Sudanese Women Whipped for Wearing ‘Indecent’ Pants

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Posted on Sep 8, 2009
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It is against Sudanese law for women to wear tight-fitting pants such as the Western-style jeans pictured here.

Lubna Ahmed Hussein went to jail on principle. The Sudanese journalist didn’t feel she should have to pay a fine for wearing pants that a court ruled indecent. She was lucky. Twelve other women were lashed for the same offense.  —PS

AFP via Yahoo:

Women in trousers are not a rare sight in Sudan but the authorities can take offence at trousers which reveal too much of a woman’s shape, leading to accusations from rights groups that judgement is arbitrary.

In Hussein’s case, the court opted for the 500 Sudanese pounds (200 dollars) fine rather than a flogging, but ten of the 12 other women who were arrested in a Khartoum restaurant at the same time as Hussein have been whipped for their offence.

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By rico, suave, September 10, 2009 at 5:38 am Link to this comment

Good point, Gilbert!

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By Gilbert Labiaga, September 9, 2009 at 2:32 pm Link to this comment
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This just cross my mind. What will Sudan does to men
who wear skirts?

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By rico, suave, September 9, 2009 at 12:03 pm Link to this comment

Spanky483:

Ironic name for a poster to this article!

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By P. T., September 9, 2009 at 11:04 am Link to this comment

“Who cares how Sudan treats its women?”


The women of Sudan likely care.

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By Spanky483, September 9, 2009 at 11:00 am Link to this comment
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I wonder if the whippings are administered to the bare buttocks of the
persecuted young ladies

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By rico, suave, September 9, 2009 at 7:00 am Link to this comment

Who cares how Sudan treats its women? The overriding principle here is that Sudan is anti-US, and that trumps all other considerations.

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By P. T., September 8, 2009 at 8:58 pm Link to this comment

I admire people who are willing to go to jail over principles rather than pay fines.

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