Sudan Woman Gets $200 Fine For Wearing Pants And Says She Won’t Pay

September 7, 2009

Sudan (ChattahBox) – A journalist who was facing 40 lashes for wearing pants in public will only be given a fine, the courts say. But the reason wasn’t due to changing thinking in Sudan, and the woman says it doesn’t matter anyway.

Lubna Hussein, an investigative journalist who formerly worked for the UN, had sent out invitations to watch her being lashed if she was ordered to be whipped. She said she wanted to show the world “how Sudan treated women”, and with the media attention her case has gotten she would have.

The move to sentence her to a $200 fine for breaking Sudan’s modesty laws may be better, but it was still a political move, and it is still more than should be given.

That also doesn’t account for the women who came to protest her sentence, many wearing pants, who were exposed to tear gas and beaten by police before being arrested. Will the judge also force them to pay fines?

Whatever happens, Hussein has made it clear that she will not be forking the money over.

In her interview with The New York Times, she gave a verbal extension of the middle finger:

“I am Muslim; I understand Muslim law. But I ask, what passage in the Koran says women can’t wear pants? This is not nice. I will not pay the money, and I will go to prison.”

She is out to change the law. But one spokesman for the local government says he is confused about the case, and that there is something much deeper going on.

“You come to Khartoum and you will see for yourself. Many women, in offices and wedding ceremonies, wear trousers. Thousands of girls wear the trousers,” Rabie A. Atti was quoted as saying.

He insists that she must have done something else to make the police and judge angry.

Whatever that might have been remains unclear. But Hussein is revving up for a fight, one that she went so far as to quit the UN to run alone.

“It’s well known that Sudanese women are pioneers in the history of women’s rights in this region, and that we won our rights a long time ago because of our awareness, open mind, good culture and struggle.”

Update: Lubna Hussein has now been jailed for a month after refusing to pay the fine for “dressing indecently” by wearing trousers, her lawyers say. She did not want to “give the verdict any legitimacy” by paying the fine of about $200 (£122), her lawyer, Nabil Adib, told the BBC.



4 Responses to “Sudan Woman Gets $200 Fine For Wearing Pants And Says She Won’t Pay”

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  2. ceebeebonz on September 8th, 2009 4:13 am

    Sharia law is just evil. Anyone who thinks sharia law is ok seriously needs their head examined.

    I hope sharia law CEASES to exist.

  3. Jane Parker on September 8th, 2009 1:03 pm

    I admire her for her courage and I feel blessed to be living in the U.S.

  4. Constant Gina on September 9th, 2009 1:49 am

    wow…this shows how blessed we are in America.

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