“The tormentors deliberately wanted to humiliate this woman, because on top of the lashes, she is exposed to curious onlookers”
It is unacceptable to subject a woman or a man to corporal punishment, regardless of the crime the person may have committed. It’s a flagrant attack on human rights. In this video, the tormentors wanted to humiliate this woman, because in addition to being whipped, she is exposed to curious onlookers. The treatment is really degrading.Punishment by lashes is, unfortunately, experienced by thousands of Sudanese women. The wording of the law on public order is very vague: it condemns indecent outfits and behaviours without defining them. Therefore, whether a piece of clothing conforms to public decency is entirely up to a police officer’s discretion. Any woman who wears pants or who doesn’t have her head entirely covered by a headscarf can be punished with up to 50 lashes.Authorities have set up a special police force, called the public order police, and special courts to deal with these sorts of offences. The legal process is unfair and rushed because in most cases, the accused is judged and sentenced on the spot without the presence of a lawyer, nor any sort of legal assistance.This is why we have been working for months on repealing this law, which is outdated and insulting to the Sudanese people. Currently, we are working on a campaign supporting a journalist, Amira Osmane, who was arrested for refusing to wear a headscarf. We will fight until these charges are dropped.