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Sudanese Women Beaten for Wearing Trousers Publicly

July 15, 2009

The Associated Press is reporting that a group of 13 women were arrested by police in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, for wearing trousers. Ten of these women were reportedly also beaten. Their arrest was a result of Sudan’s aggressive enforcement of a conservative form of Sharia, Islamic law. The three women who have not been sentence to beatings have chosen to go to trial. I am inspired by the bravery of Lubha Hussein, a journalist who has chosen to go to trial, saying, “I have not done anything wrong.”

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