A Sudanese journalist has been found guilty of indecency for wearing trousers, but given a fine instead of the usual sentence of 40 lashes.
The case against Lubna Hussein sparked protest outside a court in Khartoum, where clashes are reported to have broken out. Hussein worked for the UN at the time of her arrest, but gave up the right to claim immunity. Sudanese member of parliament Yasser Arman said: “This law is violating the rights of women, Muslims and Christians, and it is an unconstitutional law.” Hussein pleaded not guilty to the charges, arguing her clothes were respectable and not a breach of the law. The case has been described as a test of Sudan’s Islamic decency regulations, which rights groups say are too vague. It is reported that 10 other women arrested along with Hussein at a party have already pleaded guilty and received lashes.