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 Dec 24 - Women in Swaziland risk arrest if they wear mini-skirts
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Women in Swaziland risk arrest if they wear mini-skirts or tops which expose part of their stomach, a police spokeswoman has said.

Wendy Hleta said police would enforce an 1889 law which bans "immoral" dressing if they receive a complaint.

She also said women in the deeply conservative kingdom make it easier for rapists by wearing mini-skirts.

Last month, police reportedly blocked women in mini-skirts marching against r*pe in the second city, Manzini.

However, the colonial-era law does not apply to traditional costumes worn by women during ceremonies like the annual reed dance, where the monarch may choose a new wife.

In 2000, the government introduced a law requiring school girls aged 10 years old and above to wear knee-length skirts to curb promiscuity as part of attempts to halt the spread of Aids.

The country has a population of more than 1.2 million and one of the highest HIV/Aids rates in the world.

'Undressing people with their eyes'

Ms Hleta said the 1889 law had not been enforced recently, but police wanted to alert women about its existence after receiving complaints from some men in Manzini about women wearing mini-skirts.

Anyone arrested and guilty of "immorality" under the Crimes Act of 1889 could receive a fine of up to $10 (6) or a jail-term of up to six months if they failed to pay the fine, she said.

Women should be careful about wearing revealing clothes, the police spokeswoman said.

"We do not encourage that women should be harmed, but at the same time people should note acceptable conduct of behaviour," Ms Hleta is quoted by the privately owned Times of Swaziland newspaper as saying.

"The act of the rapist is made easy because it would be easy to remove the half-cloth worn by the women," she said.

Women who wear "skimpy clothes" also draw unnecessary attention to themselves, Ms Hleta said.

"I have read from the social networks that men and even other women have a tendency of 'undressing people with their eyes'. That becomes easier when the clothes are hugging or are more revealing," Ms Hleta is quoted as saying.

However, the law excluded exposure of the body due to brea$t feeding and wearing cultural regalia, she said.

Swaziland is a patriarchal society, ruled by sub-Saharan Africa's only absolute monarch, King Mswati III.

He has 13 wives and is often accused of leading a flamboyant lifestyle.

But in a move that was widely welcomed by rights groups, Swaziland's Ellinah Wamukoya was last month consecrated as the first woman bishop in Africa by the Anglican church.

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Can't lie I was hoping to come in here and see pics of swiss women in mini skirts
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NoLedge18720 said:
Can't lie I was hoping to come in here and see pics of swiss women in mini skirts
Reading is fundamental isn't it? Swiss people come from Switzerland, silly.

About the article, god, I am so entirely sick of women being to blame for a man's predatory actions. How about you control your d!cks and not worry about what a female is wearing. Are these men animals that can't control their baser urges? I mean wtf. A girl should be able to walk around nekkid and not be fu*ked with. Just cause a girl has on a mini skirt does not give a man the right to mess with her. Maybe it's time to look within, and stop blaming women for their lack of self control.
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Whoops. That's what happens when u quickly glance at a title
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I never heard of Swaziland
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Don't they already walk around nekkid?
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So instead of telling men not to psychologically destroy a woman by violating her body against her will via r*pe, we outlaw clothing style? What kind of sick twisted a.ss backwards sh*t is this.



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wtf is a swaziland?
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Swaziland, officially the Kingdom of Swaziland (Swazi: Umbuso weSwatini), and sometimes called Ngwane or Swatini, is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, bordered to the north, south and west by South Africa, and to the east by Mozambique. The nation, as well as its people, are named after the 19th century king Mswati II.
Swaziland is a small country, no more than 200 kilometres (120 mi) north to south and 130 kilometres (81 mi) east to west. The western half is mountainous, descending to a lowveld region to the east. The eastern border with Mozambique and South Africa is dominated by the escarpment of the Lebombo Mountains. The climate is temperate in the west, but may reach 40 C (104 F) in summer in the lowveld. Rainfall occurs mainly in the summer and may reach 2 metres (6.6 ft) in the west. -Wiki
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let the attractive bi*ches wear w/e the fu*k they want
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my brother did a mission trip in swaziland last year... almost adopted a lil african baby haha
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Jazzy Soul said:
Reading is fundamental isn't it? Swiss people come from Switzerland, silly.

About the article, god, I am so entirely sick of women being to blame for a man's predatory actions. How about you control your d!cks and not worry about what a female is wearing. Are these men animals that can't control their baser urges? I mean wtf. A girl should be able to walk around nekkid and not be fu*ked with. Just cause a girl has on a mini skirt does not give a man the right to mess with her. Maybe it's time to look within, and stop blaming women for their lack of self control.
I disagree...if a nekkid woman thinks she can just walk past me and not get r*ped she need to think again
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Hit Em' Up said:
I disagree...if a nekkid woman thinks she can just walk past me and not get r*ped she need to think again


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Hit Em' Up said:
I disagree...if a nekkid woman thinks she can just walk past me and not get r*ped she need to think again
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Hit Em' Up said:
I disagree...if a nekkid woman thinks she can just walk past me and not get r*ped she need to think again
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Hit Em' Up said:
I disagree...if a nekkid woman thinks she can just walk past me and not get r*ped she need to think again
I'm not going to tell you you're retarded... I'm sure you already know.
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