Monday, December 13, 2010

Meanwhile, in Sudan. TRIGGER WARNING

And that trigger warning should be taken very seriously.

It concerns a video showing a woman being whipped by the Sudanese police, all men.

It is unclear what crime led to such violent beating (or the smiles on the faces of some of the spectators), but I have been told that it may have been wearing trousers/pants in public.

Sudanese law, which is based on islamic Sharia rules, does not specify when clothing is considered indecent. This lack of definition allows policemen free reign to determine who is looking indecent. Women who were punished for such offences are usually too ashamed to speak about it.
What opportunities that offers sadists! The problem is naturally deeper than that, having its roots in misogyny and the one-sided power distribution between men and women in Sudan. Can women interpret Sharia in Sudan? I doubt it.