In defiance of a “taliban like” law, Amira Osman Hamed faces flogging for refusing to wear a hijab and covering her hair. Under Sudanese law all women are required to cover their hair with a "hijab," a headscarf worn by Muslim women.
Hamed says she is willing to face the flogging in order to protest the law that requires her to cover her hair with a hijab. "They want us to be like Taliban women," Hamed said. "There are many (who) wear it because they are afraid, not because they want to wear it."
Hamed will be tried later this month for refusing to cover her hair with a hijab. She is being charged under Article 152 of the Sudanese Penal Code of 1991, which states:
"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 40 lashes or with fine or with both."
Activists say the vaguely worded law leaves women subject to police harassment and disproportionately targets the poor in an effort to maintain "public order."
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