Swaziland bans ‘rape-provoking’ miniskirts


Police in Africa’s last absolute monarchy Swaziland have banned women from wearing miniskirts and midriff-revealing tops saying they provoke rape, local media reported on Monday.

Offenders face a six-month jail term under the ban, which invokes a colonial criminal act dating back to 1889.

‘The act of the rapist is made easy, because it would be easy to remove the half-cloth worn by the women,’ police spokesman Wendy Hleta was quoted as saying in the Independent Online news, reports The Straits Times.

The ban also applies to low-rise jeans.

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