Not only does the Sudanese government support genocide, it also supports flogging women for wearing pants because pants fall under the category of “indecent” clothing. According to Tawanda Hondora, deputy director of Amnesty International’s Africa program, “The law is crafted in a way that makes it impossible to know what is decent or indecent. In practice, women are routinely arrested, detained, tried and then, on conviction, flogged simply because a police officer disapproves of their clothing. The law is also discriminatory, in that it is used disproportionately against women.”
Lubna Hussein, a Sudanese journalist, is on trial for wearing pants that were deemed indecent. if convicted, she could face up to 40 lashes. Flogging a person for wearing pants is a cruel form of punishment. If Ms. Hussein is convicted and punished by flogging, the Sudanese government is sending a strong message that it does not support equal rights for women. Lubna Hussein should be freed immediately and the Sudanese government needs to crack down on its discrimination against women!