GOVT MISLEADS ON MINI-SKIRT LAW

From Swazi Media Commentary Tue Jan 1 2013, 04:23:00

A claim from the Swaziland Government that Swazi women have the protection of the constitution if they want to wear mini-skirts is misleading.

A statement from the Swaziland Police that women found wearing a mini-skirt in public would be arrested and face a fine or imprisonment sparked off a frenzy of reporting across the world during the Christmas holiday period.

It started when Swazi Police official spokesperson Wendy Hleta told the Times Sunday newspaper that it would only take one complaint for a woman in a mini-skirt to be arrested. She said police would use a law dating from 1889.

She was commenting after police stopped a march by women protesting at the harassment they received from men when they wore mini-skirts or other clothes such as low-cut jeans or crop tops that displayed their stomachs. The men want them to wear clothes they feel are more appropriate to Swazi tradition. The bus rank in Manzini, Swaziland's main commercial city, has become a place where women are especially vulnerable.

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