Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Where "Modesty" Leads, and the response of one very brave woman.
Amira Osman Hamed is fighting a law in Sudan which says that she must wear hijab and cover her hair. SHe refuses to do so, even though her refusal could mean a severe beating. My hat is off to this woman, who is risking much in standing up for right and justice.
Says the article:
"Sudanese woman says she is prepared to be flogged to defend the right to leave her hair uncovered in defiance of a "Taliban"-like law."
Amira Osman Hamed faces a possible whipping if convicted at a trial which could come on September 19.
Under Sudanese law her hair -- and that of all women -- is supposed to be covered with a "hijab". But Hamed, 35, refuses to wear one.
Her case has drawn support from civil rights activists and is the latest to highlight Sudan's series of laws governing morality which took effect after the 1989 Islamist-backed coup by President Omar al-Bashir.
"They want us to be like Taliban women," Hamed said in an interview with AFP, referring to the fundamentalist militant movement in Afghanistan.
She is charged under Article 152 which prohibits "indecent" clothing.
Activists say the vaguely worded law leaves women subject to police harassment and disproportionately targets the poor in an effort to maintain "public order".
"This public order law changed Sudanese women from victims to criminals," says Hamed, a divorced computer engineer who runs her own company.
"This law is targeting the dignity of Sudanese people."