Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sudanese woman will face flogging for wearing pants

KHARTOUM (AFP) - A Sudanese woman journalist was preparing to be flogged 40 times in Khartoum on Wednesday for wearing “indecent” clothes, with 10 women already whipped for similar offences against Islamic law.

Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein, who writes for the left-wing Al-Sahafa newspaper and works for the media department of the United Nations Mission in Sudan, was arrested in Khartoum earlier this month after being caught wearing trousers.

“I received a telephone call from the authorities saying I must appear at 10 am (0700 GMT) on Wednesday in front of the judge,” Hussein told AFP on Tuesday.