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New York Times: On Tuesday, Sudanese police arrested women who were protesting a public flogging that took place earlier in the week. Under Islamic law, crimes can be punished by flogging but are carried out disproportionately against women, and often without reason or cause.
"Dozens of women were arrested in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on Tuesday, at a protest sparked by graphic video that appeared to show a Sudanese woman being flogged by laughing police officers.
Sudan’s judiciary announced on Sunday that it would investigate the flogging recorded on video, but 52 women were arrested as they protested outside the country’s justice ministry. The women, part of the “No to Subjugating Women Initiative,” were sitting down and holding banners when they were arrested, Reuters reported. They shouted, “Humiliating your women is humiliating all your people,” as the police dragged them away.
As the news agency explained, 'Floggings carried out under Islamic law are almost a daily punishment in Sudan for crimes ranging from drinking alcohol to adultery. But vague laws on women’s dress and behavior are implemented inconsistently.'"