Police in mini skirt arrest threat
Women in Swaziland risk arrest if they wear mini-skirts or tops which expose part of their stomach, a police spokeswoman has said.
Wendy Hleta said police would enforce an 1889 law which bans “immoral” dressing if they receive a complaint.
She also said women in the deeply conservative kingdom make it easier for rapists by wearing mini-skirts.
Last month, police reportedly blocked women in mini-skirts marching against rape in the second city, Manzini.
However, the colonial-era law does not apply to traditional costumes worn by women during ceremonies like the annual reed dance, where the monarch may choose a new wife.
In 2000, the government introduced a law requiring school girls aged 10 years old and above to wear knee-length skirts to curb promiscuity as part of attempts to halt the spread of Aids.
The country has a population of more than 1.2 million and one of the highest HIV/Aids rates in the world.
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