Thursday, February 26, 2004

Kenya: fear not ladies, you can wear trousers

Good grief!
Mombasa women can dress as they wish following an assurance by police yesterday that anyone who harasses them will be arrested.

They have been told to ignore leaflets purporting to give them a March 1 deadline to stop wearing trousers and minis [and warning that those who fail to heed the deadline will be stripped].

... Police will be deployed in the streets around Kongowea and Mwembe Tayari markets — where two women were stripped recently ...

... Although the source of the rumours or authors of the leaflets are not known, some religious leaders have in the recent past been condemning certain types of clothes, which they term indecent.