'Trousers woman' defies travel ban

A woman convicted of breaking Sudanese law by wearing trousers has disobeyed a travel ban. Lubna Hussein has travelled to France to publicise her new book. She has vowed to campaign internationally for women's rights.

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Lubna Hussein said she intended to continue campaigning from outside Sudan to stop women from being prosecuted for what they wear. Dressed in trousers and a jacket, she was speaking alongside the French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, who praised her for showing the courage to rebel. The 43 year-old defied a travel ban by leaving Sudan dressed in a head-to-toe Islamic niqab.

Her book Forty Lashes for a Pair of Trousers, published in French, describes her struggle with Sharia law that culminated in her arrest in a Khartoum restaurant for wearing slacks. Ms Hussein turned her trial into a test case for women's rights. Amid much publicity the authorities changed her sentence from 40 lashes to a fine. She says the repression is still happening, citing a recent case where a teenager was punished for breaching decency laws.

Lubna Hussein: 'Unfortunately police arrested a girl - her age is 16. And also without defence, without lawyer, without witness, flog her 50 lashes.'

Lubna Hussein accuses the Sudanese authorities of misrepresenting Islam, arguing that nothing in the Koran justifies punishing women for their dress. The French foreign minister said more than 40,000 women were arrested in or near the Sudanese capital last year in similar cases.

Alasdair Sandford, BBC News

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prosecuted

hukuken suçlamada bulunulması

showing the courage to rebel

kamuoyu önünde karşı çıkma, isyan etme cesareti göstermek

defied a travel ban

Sudan'dan ayrılmasına izin verilmediği yolundaki karara karşı gelmek

culminated in

sonuçlanmak

slacks

bol pantolon

a test case

gelecektekilere örnek teşkil edebilecek bir dava

changed her sentence from 40 lashes to a fine

cezasının 40 kırbaç yerine para cezasıyla değiştirilmesi

citing

atıfta bulunmak

breaching

yasaları ihlal etmek

flog

kırbaçlamak ya da sopayla dövmek