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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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Join The Conversation
zeze zeze 8 years
Symphonee, Islamic laws only require "modesty" in dress and the specifics are only address "loose-fitting" and the head scarf, there is no TRUE Islamic law that prohibits pants.
sparklepants sparklepants 8 years
what a brave woman. she is giving up her career to face a very painful punishment to fight for what she believes in. she is someone to be admired.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
She is violating some Muslim laws. That does not make it right though and I hope by her fighting this change will happen.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Good for her for standing up to such a ridiculous law. Makes me so grateful to live in a country where, as a woman, I can wear, do, and say as I please.
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 8 years
it so disappointing when we hear about rules anywhere in the world that are so barbaric as to include LASHES as a legit punishment.
Bksuga Bksuga 8 years
wow i didnt know u coundt wear pants...its not like thery are tight jeans or something and the lashes thing wow...i am sooo suprised. they gotta change that law!!
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