Sudanese woman praised for fighting pants law

AP News
Posted: Nov 24, 2009 6:45 AM

France's foreign minister has praised the courage of a journalist who has led a fight against a law in Sudan allowing for women to be flogged for wearing pants.

Bernard Kouchner says Lubna Hussein _ who was released in September after two months behind bars _ is a model for showing the courage to rebel.

The 43-year-old journalist says she had been unfairly prevented from leaving her country for violating an indecency law but got out by hiding under a head-to-toe Islamic niqab.

Hussein has used her case to draw attention to a law that allows flogging as a punishment for any acts or wearing clothing that are viewed as offending morals.

Kouchner said Tuesday that 43,000 women were arrested in and around the Sudanese capital alone in such cases last year.