Arguing that wearing miniskirts would make the task of a rapist easy as he would have to remove fewer clothes, the king of Swaziland has banned women from wearing miniskirts. The whimsical ban will also apply to low-rise jeans, tank tops and other ‘revealing’ outfits.
The offenders could face a six-month jail term.
“The act of the rapist is made easy, because it would be easy to remove the half-cloth worn by the women,” police spokeswoman Wendy Hleta was quoted as saying by Independent Online on Monday.
“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,” she further added.
Paradoxically, the ban doesn’t apply to traditional costumes worn by young women during the annual Reed Dance, in which the king chooses a new damsel to be his wife every year. In the ceremony, the maidens dance in front of king in outrageous outfits which leave their back side uncovered.
King Mswati III, the ruler of the last surviving absolute monarchy, has 13 wives till date.
The law was enforced after a march by women and young girls last month calling for protection against a spate of rapes in the impoverished kingdom, which is almost entirely surrounded by South Africa.