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February 27, 2014

Ugandan women protest anti-miniskirt mobs

Women's rights activists say new anti-pornography law has become guise for sexual harassment.

Photo via Facebook 'Patience Atuhaire'

Reports of mobs attacking and stripping women naked in Uganda drove women in Kampala to protest on Wednesday. Women's rights activists said the attacks occurred under the guise of enforcing a recently passed anti-pornography law that many critics said was too vague. Opponents have focused their criticism on a clause that has been interpreted as banning "indecent" clothing. 

President Yoweri Museveni reportedly signed the bill into law last week. A police spokesperson issued a warning to the public on Monday, saying, "If you participate in mob justice and are caught, you will be dealt with accordingly."

Wednesday's protest was organised through the Facebook group END Mini-Skirt Harassment, whose message also went viral online.


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