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08/13/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sudan: Women Allegedly Lashed For Wearing Trousers

Sudanese women have been flogged for wearing trousers, according to a local journalist who is also facing the punishment, the BBC reports.

Journalist and UN employee Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein says she is one of 13 women arrested in a restaurant in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, for wearing trousers.

Non-Muslims are supposed to be exempt from Islamic law but Ms Hussein told the BBC that several of the women involved were from the mainly Christian and animist south.

Some of the women pleaded guilty to the charges of 'dressing indecently' and received 10 lashes immediately, but Ms Hussein and others have sought legal advice and are currently awaiting further information on their charges, the BBC reports.

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