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Sudan: Women Who Wore Pants Are Flogged in Public

Thursday 16 July 2009, by siawi

From The New York Times

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Published: July 13, 2009

The police arrested 13 women in a raid on a cafe in the capital, Khartoum, and flogged 10 of them in public for wearing trousers, one of those arrested said Monday. The women were detained Friday by officers of the public order police, which enforces Sudan’s strict Islamic law in public places. One of those arrested, Lubna Hussein, a journalist, said she was challenging the charges, which can be punishable by up to 40 lashes. “I didn’t do anything wrong,” she said.