Ms. Ahmed al-Hussein’s crime? Violation of Article 152 of Sudanese law, which promises 40 lashes for anyone “who commits an indecent act which violates public morality or wears indecent clothing.” More specifically, Ms. Ahmed al-Hussein was wearing a pantsuit. Not that pantsuits are not an affront against fashion, but c’mon, Sudan. Pantsuits? Really? It’s not like Ms. Ahmed al-Hussein was all tarted up like J. Edgar Hoover at a NAMBLA convention.
‘Puter is pleased to see that things are going so swimmingly in the Muslim world now that they have time to take on the serious issue of pantsuit wearing women. For the Prophet’s sake, one can see Ms. Ahmed al-Hussein’s hands and face!
This whole episode is a sorry commentary on portions of the Muslim world’s ill-advised choice to subjugate half of its population: namely, women. ‘Puter holds that the penchant of certain Muslim countries for keeping women down is a prime explanation of their inability to move out of medieval living conditions.
‘Puter awaits Secretary of State Clinton and women’s rights organizations to come out forcefully against Sudan’s violation of women’s rights and in support of the brave Ms. Ahmed al-Hussein. ‘Puter expects to wait a long time.