Betty on the News: Sudanese Woman Spared Flogging For Wearing Pants
Sudanese journalist Lubna Hussein is fined for wearing trousers but spared the flogging penalty by a judge
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
A Sudanese woman was fined $200 for violating the country’s public indecency law by wearing pants outdoors, but was spared the flogging penalty by a merciful judge.
Journalist Lubna Hussein was arrested along with 13 other women in a July 3rd raid for wearing pants, but unlike ten others who were fined and flogged two days later, Hussein decided to go to trial.
“I won’t pay, as a matter of principle,” Hussein said of the $200 fine.
“I would spend a month in jail. It is a chance to explore the conditions of jail.”
The case has made headlines in Sudan and around the world and Hussein has used it to rally world opinion against the country’s strict interpretation of Islamic law. (Fox News)