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Sudan: Singer arrested on charges of wearing indecent clothes

31 October 2018
Sudanese singer Mona Magdi Salim was arrested for alleged indecent clothing after images of her in pants and a white shirt circulated on social media.
Photo: Mona Magdi Official / Facebook

 

Sudanese police arrested singer Mona Magdi Salim on charges of “indecent” clothing after she wore tight trousers and a white, long-sleeved top at an event, reported Roya News on 21 October 2018.

Images of the performance circulated on social media earlier in the month.

According to Arab Press the singer was arrested by Khartoum police on Thursday 18 October and released on bail. She was due to appear at the Public Order Court in Khartoum on 21 October, but the matter was posponed.

Sudan’s strict Islamic morality laws criminalise “indecent dress” under Article 152 of the Sudanese Penal Code (1999). It is applied to “Whoever does in a public place an indecent act or an act contrary to public morals, or wears an obscene outfit, or contrary to public morals, or causing an annoyance to public feelings shall be punished with flogging, which may not exceed forty lashes or with fine or with both.”

 

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