Police arrested 13 women in a raid on a cafe in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, and flogged 10 of them in public for wearing trousers. The women were detained July 10 by officers of the public order police, who enforce Sudan’s strict Islamic law in public places. One of those arrested, Lubna Hussein, a journalist, said she is challenging the charges, which can be punishable by up to 40 lashes. “I didn’t do anything wrong,” she said. (AP, July 13)
Unfortunately, the autonomous government in South Sudan also seems to be emulating such policies.