KHARTOUM: A Sudanese woman who refuses to cover her head under the country’s morality law appeared in court yesterday and her case was adjourned until November 4, her lawyer said.
Amira Osman Hamed, 35, has said she is prepared to be flogged to defend the right to leave her head uncovered in defiance of what she has called a “Taliban”-like law.
“The defence asked the court that the charges against this woman be withdrawn, and the court adjourned the hearing until October 4 while it considers the request,” Moezz Hadhra said.
“They want us to be like Taliban women,” Hamed said in an interview this month, referring to the fundamentalist militant movement in Afghanistan.
She is charged under Article 152, which prohibits “indecent” clothing.
Hamed said she was visiting a government office in Jebel Aulia, just outside Khartoum, on August 27 when a policeman aggressively told her to cover her head.
“This public order law changed Sudanese women from victims to criminals,” Hamed, a divorced computer engineer who runs her own company, said.
“This law is targeting the dignity of Sudanese people.”