Sudanese judge clears activist accused of wearing ‘indecent’ clothes

Article 152 penalizes women if convicted of wearing scandalous clothes. (Supplied)

Sudanese activist Winnie Omar who was being tried for wearing “indecent clothes” was found innocent by a Khartoum court.

The judge presiding the session said evidence was not enough to convict Omar and he ordered her release.

Omar was being prosecuted under Article 152 of the Public Order Court Law which penalizes women if convicted of wearing “scandalous clothes.” Penalties can include whipping and paying a fine.

Earlier this month, 24 girls were acquitted after they were charged of wearing shorts and short skirts at an all-female party which police raided.

Local and international human rights organizations have demanded cancelling or amending Article 152 because it is vague and it depends on the assessment of police officers or judges and hence paves way towards violating women’s right.

This article is also available in Arabic.

 

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