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Swaziland Women Can Go to Prison for Wearing Miniskirts and Crop Tops

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If you’re a woman in Swaziland and choose to wear anything that leaders think might “encourage rape,” then you can go to prison.  You can get up to six months behind bars for the offense, and the new law is being  met with international outrage.

Swaziland is the last absolute monarchy in Africa and very conservative in nature.   The act from long ago was created to keep women from exposing their bodies in public.  The police were responding to a march by young women last month, during which some of them wore miniskirts and were seeking equal rights and safety.

According to Independent Online, a publication in South Africa, two-thirds of the young women in Swaziland are victims of s*xual assault.   Police spokesperson Wendy Hleta said: ‘They will be arrested,” in reference to women caught wearing clothing deemed to be offensive.

“The act of the rapist is made easy, because it would be easy to remove the half-cloth worn by the women. We do not encourage that women should be harmed, but at the same time people should note acceptable conduct of behaviour,” she said.

You are also not allowed to wear low cut jeans or tank tops without risk of going to prison.  Women have also been advised on how to pick things up without “exciting” the men around them.

“For females it is polite that when you have dropped something, squat with your upper body still upright and pick up the item rather than bending half your body head first to pick up the item,” said Hleta.