Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Tight pants land women in tight spot

When tight pants are outlawed, only outlaws will have tight pants:
South Sudan's president shut down a police investigation Wednesday that saw scores of young women arrested for "disturbing the peace" by wearing tight trousers.

The women were arrested over the past week by police who said they suspected them of belonging to youth gangs known for drinking, fighting and public nudity.
I could do without the fighting, but the rest of the stuff those gangs are involved in sounds intriguing. Where can I sign up?
But government officials, including the south's gender minister, said they were angry at the way the women had been targeted and treated after arrest.

President Salva Kiir had ordered a "serious investigation" into the police crackdown, said a government minister.

Kiir also ordered the immediate release of any woman arrested under the operation in the south's capital Juba, and said there were questions over its legality, Southern Minister for Presidential Affairs Luka Biong added in a statement.
Well, I'm glad they're free. But I'm even happier that we live in a country where you can't get hassled by the authorities simply based on what kind of pants you're wearing. Oh, wait...

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