- Posted September 4, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Everyday racism: Your stories
Racism against women in Sudan Arrest of the activist that has been accused of Indecent outfit
A-40 lashes in front of a crowd
B-sentenced to imprisonment for a period of one month
*this charge does not differ if the arrested woman is under 18
Human rights activists say that article 152 is humiliating to women and it violates freedoms.
Ameera said that the officer asked her, why she wasn’t covering her hair? And she replied “am not mohajabah, she doesn’t wear hejab, i.e. she chose not to cover her hair and body according to religious teachings. After that the officer charged her of “wearing obscene“and took her to the police office.
Article 152 was created 1991 and thousands of women were accused by it, but only few women raised their voices in media, the cases of Ameera Osman and Lubna Ahmed Hassan before her in 2009 are mostly known to media cause these two activists faced the rejection of the community –that considers a woman who is accused under this charge, a prostitute –to raise women awareness of their rights.
Ameera have released a video the day she was arrested ,inviting women , journalists ,activists and human rights watch groups to attend her trial that was held aug31 and sentencing was delayed till sep19 . On agu31 a big crowd surrounded the court’s building cause they were prohibited from presence inside the court , Activists and women held banners denouncing the trial and article 152, but police dispersed them by force and even arresting a number of activists .one photographer was punished with 40 lashes and monetary fine.