Swazi police ban ‘rape-provoking’ miniskirts

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Women in Swaziland risk arrest by wearing “revealing clothes” that violate moral standards, police spokesperson says.


Women in Swaziland risk arrest if they wear miniskirts or tops which expose part of their stomach as they will be violating moral standards, a police spokesperson has said.

“The act of a rapist is made easy, because it would be easy to remove the half-cloth worn by the women,” Wendy Hleta was quoted as saying.

Offenders face a six-month jail term under the ban, which invokes a colonial criminal act dating back to 1889.

The ban also applies to low-rise jeans.

“They will be arrested,” she said.

Hleta said women wearing revealing clothing were responsible for assaults or rapes committed against them.

“I have read from the social networks that men and even other women have a tendency of ‘undressing people with their eyes’. That becomes easier when the clothes are hugging or are more revealing,” Hleta said.


continue to source article at aljazeera.com

23 COMMENTS

  1. The law was enforced after a march by women and young girls last month calling for protection against a spate of rapes in the impoverished kingdom, almost entirely surrounded by South Africa.

    “Police, please do your duty and protect us from rapists.”

    “Okay, women. We’ll arrest you for wearing revealing clothes.”

    “What. The.”

  2. Almost 2013 or 1513? It’s hard to bloody say with sh*t like this. Here’s an idea, why don’t you do your f**king job and protect the people from harm instead of punishing would be victims because of your bullshit beliefs. “Violate moral standards” whose moral standards?

  3. In reply to #3 by zombiewoof:

    I’ve come to the conclusion that humans are idiots and our idiocy is hear to stay.

    There’s an old saying where I’m from; “There will always be a shower of bastards who think themselves the bee’s knees and because of that they’ll shove their views on ya with a book, pen or knife”.

  4. This only happens because of chauvinism and/or an obsession with sex, each of which may or may not have a religious origin. And to show it’s special pleading, consider the fact that no one advocates criminalizing pockets that are easy to pick, or not wearing bulletproof gear in zones where guns are often used, or not using every measure possible to avoid your car being stolen.

  5. Another patriarchal place in which ‘what’s good for the goose is not good for the gander’, especially if this all powerful gander runs the country (selects the prime minister), and has 13 wives already!

  6. This is a patriarchal monarchy with polygamy established as a norm.

    Apparently this modesty is not required when traditionally entertaining the king and crowd, while he chooses another wife!

    Swaziland Reed Dance – http://www.encyclopedia.com/video/ReWGMq4UOac-swaziland-reed-dance.aspx

    Umhlanga, or Reed Dance ceremony, is an annual Swazi and Zulu tradition held in August or September of each year.
    Tens of thousands of unmarried and childless Swazi/Zulu girls and women travel from their villages to participate in the eight-day event.
    In Swaziland they gather at the Queen Mother’s royal village, which currently is Ludzidzini Royal Village, while Nongoma is the site of the royal reed dance in Zululand.
    After arriving at the Queen Mother’s royal residence, or Enyokeni Palace in Zululand, the women disperse the following night to surrounding areas and cut tall reeds. The following night they bundle them together and bring them back to the Queen Mother to be used in repairing holes in the reed windscreen surrounding the royal village. After a day of rest and washing the women prepare their traditional costumes consisting of a bead necklace, rattling anklets made from cocoons, a sash, and skirt.
    Many of them carry the bush knife they used to cut the reeds as a symbol of their virginity.
    Today’s Reed Dance ceremony developed in the 1940′s and 50′s from the Umcwasho custom where young girls were placed in age regiments to ensure their virginity. Once they reached the age of marriage they would perform labor for the Queen Mother followed by dancing and a feast.
    The official purpose of the annual ceremony is to preserve the women’s chastity, provide tribute labor for the Queen Mother, and produce solidarity among the women through working together.
    The women sing and dance as they parade in front of the royal family as well as a crowd of spectators, tourists and foreign dignitaries.
    After the parade, groups from select villages take to the center of the field and put on a special performance for the crowd.
    The King’s many daughters also participate in the Umhlanga ceremony and are distinguished by the crown of red feathers in their hair.
    One of the main objectives of the Reed Dance is for the king to choose another wife.

    Swaziland Reed Dance – youtube

  7. I think it’s one of the most worrying trends of 2012…

    All over the world, whether it’s US senators making ridiculous comments about rape, Italian priests saying women bring violence upon themselves by the way they dress, Islam (generally), the Church of England denying women bishops due to the superiority of men, Jewish women being arrested for having the nerve to want equality, the Taliban trying to murder young girls who just want an education, or tin-pot anachronisms like Swaziland, women have been re-established as second-class citizens.

    It is extremely sad and I personally really hope it’s a trend that can be arrested as soon as possible.

    That would be my New Years Wish for 2013.

  8. In reply to #12 by Dr Bob:

    I think it’s one of the most worrying trends of 2012…

    All over the world, whether it’s US senators making ridiculous comments about rape, Italian priests saying women bring violence upon themselves by the way they dress, Islam (generally), the Church of England denying women bishops due to the superiority of men, Jewish women being arrested for having the nerve to want equality, the Taliban trying to murder young girls who just want an education, or tin-pot anachronisms like Swaziland, women have been re-established as second-class citizens.

    It is extremely sad and I personally really hope it’s a trend that can be arrested as soon as possible.

    That would be my New Years Wish for 2013.

    Let’s include Delhi, India and recent problems with gang rape. When I checked the news about the 23 year old riding the bus, I was confused because some said 17 another 42 – here these were separate cases. Incidentlly, the woman died. Rape statistics: Delhi 568 Mumbai 218

  9. In reply to #13 by QuestioningKat:

    In reply to #12 by Dr Bob:

    I think it’s one of the most worrying trends of 2012…

    All over the world, whether it’s US senators making ridiculous comments about rape, Italian priests saying women bring violence upon themselves by the way they dress, Islam (generally), the Church of England denying women bishops due to the superiority of men, Jewish women being arrested for having the nerve to want equality, the Taliban trying to murder young girls who just want an education, or tin-pot anachronisms like Swaziland, women have been re-established as second-class citizens.

    It is extremely sad and I personally really hope it’s a trend that can be arrested as soon as possible.

    That would be my New Years Wish for 2013.

    Let’s include Delhi, India and recent problems with gang rape. When I checked the news about the 23 year old riding the bus, I was confused because some said 17 another 42 – here these were separate cases. Incidentlly, the woman died. Rape statistics: Delhi 568 Mumbai 218

    Sorry, Kat, I somehow forgot about the tragedy in India – there have been so many examples this year. :-(

    It’s all so sad…

  10. So…men are just mindless life support systems for penises? They have such a pathetic lack of control over themselves that their penises just drag them along for the ride whenever a female is spotted? Aside from the heinously medieval attitudes toward women, don’t these idiot realize how insulting this is to men? It certainly doesn’t make them look like the “superior” sex.

  11. In reply to #3 by zombiewoof:

    I’ve come to the conclusion that humans are idiots and our idiocy is hear to stay.

    I suppose it’s asking too much to expect people to raise boys from infancy to regard girls as fellow human beings instead of household appliances equipped with handy penis holsters.

  12. @OP – Hleta said women wearing revealing clothing were responsible for assaults or rapes committed against them.

    So do they keep him and the police away from the king’s reed Dance?????

  13. One needs to realise that Swaziland is one of the most primitive societies on the planet. Its behaviour is actually very mild and harmless compared to much of the muslim world which claims to be quite civilised. Eg female genital mutilation is not practised. There is no honour killing. Women are at least allowed to walk around freely and don’t have to be covered by burka type clothing. The king is polygymas but then so is the president of South Africa…and Romneys lot until recently.
    I find the abuse of women by moslems in civilised countries like UK to be far more disturbing and unexpected. Obviously it is indefensible anywhere!

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