Sudan: Hair today, gone tomorrow?
A Sudanese woman says she’s prepared to be flogged to defend the right to leave her hair uncovered in defiance of a “Taliban”-like law.
Amira Osman Hamed faces a possible whipping if convicted at a trial which could come on September 19. Under Sudanese law, her hair – and that of all women – is supposed to be covered with a “hijab”, but Hamed refuses.
The 35-year-old’s case has drawn support from civil rights activists and is the latest to highlight Sudan’s series of laws governing morality, which took effect after the 1989 Islamist-backed coup by President Omar al-Bashir.
What kind of God is scared of a woman’s hair?