Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Cameroon: "there ought to be some decency"

Heard today on the BBC's "Focus on Africa" ...

The women's affairs minister, Catherine Bakang Mbock, was recently questioned in parliament about the problem of women's "sexy and immoral dressing". The reporter got the following quote from an MP (didn't catch the name) ...
"Men and women, especially the youths, they ought to take (inaudible) precaution to dress well and not to expose their bodies. Because when you get an extremely beautiful woman exposing herself, she's attracting men, you know, to come to her and ask her for sex, which is extremely unfortunate. There ought to be some decency."
The law can enforce decency ... the reporter got the following from a lawyer (didn't catch the name) ...
"The Cameroon penal code policy of public decency. These girls who are half naked can be prosecuted and if found guilty, they can go to prison for up to a year."
According to the reporter, a few girls recently had a run-in with the law. (He didn't say what exactly happened to them.)

Also ... women in government can't wear trousers at work.