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Sudanese Woman Who Wore Pants Challenges Punishment

Flogging women for wearing unacceptable clothes? What century are we in again?

Lubna Ahmed Hussein, a Sudanese journalist who also works in the media department of the UN Mission in Sudan, was arrested along with 13 other women at a popular cafe for wearing "indecent clothes."

Was she going commando in a miniskirt? Was her muffin top hanging over lowrise jeans? Nope. She was wearing "trousers" and now faces flogging — 40 lashes. She and two other women asked for a lawyer. The other women (some non-Muslim) weren't so lucky: they received 10 lashes and a fine.

Arrested July 3 and now standing trial (in the same trousers that got her arrested!), Lubna claims she did nothing wrong under the strict Sharia or Islamic religious law, which has been in place in Sudan since 1989. She has immunity due to her association with the UN, but Lubna has decided to waive this in order to challenge the law.

"I want to change this law," Lubna told the BBC, "because hitting is not human, and also it does not match with Sharia law." Court has been adjourned until August 4 so that she can quit her UN job.

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