Sudanese police arrested dozens of women protesting against laws they say humiliate women after a video of a woman being flogged in public appeared on the Internet. Photo: Supplied
Sudanese police arrested dozens of women protesting against laws they say humiliate women after a video of a woman being flogged in public appeared on the Internet. Photo: Supplied

Flogged 53 times ‘for wearing trousers’

Time of article published Dec 15, 2010

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A woman cries out in pain as she is flogged in the street - apparently for the crime of wearing trousers.

These disturbing scenes, from a video posted on YouTube, were shot in Sudan, where public whippings are a common punishment.

But the brutality on show yesterday provoked women in the North African country to stage demonstrations against persecution.

The woman in the video, dressed in a long black dress and headscarf, screams “enough, enough” and “I want my mum”, as she is lashed 53 times after being ordered to kneel down in front of a police officer.

A second officer - who laughs when he realises he is being filmed - joins in the one-and-a-half minute punishment as the woman falls to the ground.

During her ordeal, one of the policemen can be heard telling the woman she will be jailed for two years if she does not accept the lashes.

The woman cries out repeatedly for her mother and even tries to grab one of the whips to stop the persistent beating.

Sudan’s judiciary has launched an investigation into the flogging, after 50 women were arrested for a sit-down protest in the justice ministry in Khartoum on Tuesday.

The women’s lawyer, Mona el-Tijani, said: “This video was just one example of what happens all the time. The authorities here take the law into their own hands. No one knows what happens inside police stations.”

In 2009 Lubna Hussein, a Sudanese journalist, was sentenced to 40 lashes for appearing in public wearing trousers. After international criticism, she was released with a fine. - Daily Mail

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