Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Sudanese reporter arrested for wearing trousers
Lubna Hussein, a Sudanese reporter for the United Nations, was arrested for public indecency for wearing trousers in the culturally and religiously divided nation. Hussein, who was wearing professional trousers women in most parts of Asia, Europe, the U.S., and other western nations take for granted, was found guilty and fined by a Sudanese court.
10 of the other 11 women arrested with Hussein have already plead guilty and been whipped, but Hussein says she refuses to pay the fine and is prepared to go to prison to prove her point. Her attorney maintains the indecency laws are unnecessarily vague and broad. There is a large divide between the mostly Islamic Arab-oriented north and the mostly Christian, sub-Saharan oriented south.
Hussein's case has galvanized the women's movement across the Sudan where thousands of women and girls have been beaten and harrassed under the guise of public indecency laws since the 1990's.
I wonder what you would get for wearing this?
(Tamar Braxton, Toni's sister.)