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Malawi women to protest trouser-stripping gang

2012-01-19 13:59

Blantyre - Women in Malawi will stage a sit-in to defend their right to wear pants after police arrested a gang for terrorising trouser-wearing women by stripping off their clothes, an organiser said on Thursday.

"We are calling on all women and men of goodwill to urgently converge on Friday for constructive engagement on the protection of women and the defence of their rights in a democratic Malawi," Seodi White, a lawyer and leading women's rights activist, said in a statement.

White said protesters would gather in the commercial capital Blantyre "in solidarity with the victims and to express our indignation at such barbaric treatment of mothers, wives and daughters of our country."

Police said on Wednesday they had arrested 15 "thugs" in the capital Lilongwe, 350km north of Blantyre, for terrorising women by stripping them of their trousers or shorts and robbing them.

Until 1994, women in the deeply conservative southern African country were banned from wearing pants under the dictatorship of Kamuzu Banda.

Vice President Joyce Banda, who has fallen from favour with President Bingu wa Mutharika amid a split in the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, told journalists Wednesday the incident was the result of economic woes in a country that is currently racked by shortages of fuel and foreign currency.

"There is so much suffering that people have decided to vent their frustrations on each other," she said.

Comments
  • Kim - 2012-01-19 16:42

    What is it with men and their barbaric need to control women??? Let the women wear what they want and shoot the barbarians!! They are just a sick bunch of oxygen thieves!!!!

      Godfrey - 2012-01-19 19:19

      I think you will find, if you dig, that religious brainwashing by missionaries is behind the denigration of women. Christianity certainly teaches that women are evil and are to be treated as second class. And isn't a mad catholic now in charge of the country? "No wickedness comes anywhere near the wickedness of a woman..... Sin began with a woman and thanks to her we all must die"; (Ecclesiasticus 25:19,24) Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. (Corinthians 14:34-36) Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. (Ephesians 5:22-24) "No wickedness comes anywhere near the wickedness of a woman..... Sin began with a woman and thanks to her we all must die"; (Ecclesiasticus 25:19,24)

      Squeegee - 2012-01-19 19:38

      Godless, quoting the Bible out of context does not add validity to your nonsensical argument. Personally I think you are a troll.

      Wilbur - 2012-01-19 20:01

      Let's just face the facts and stop the denial. All the major religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam are patriarchal and teach that women are second to men. Therefore all Prophets in the Bible and in the Quran were men - not a single female prophet. Women have to be obedient and submissive to their husbands - this is the common teaching. So either you accept this status quo (which I do as a Believer) or you reject it and become an atheist, it's entirely up to you. But please don't pretend, like Squeegee, that this status quo is at variance with the way of Yahweh/Elohim/Allah.

      Godfrey - 2012-01-19 20:28

      Ok squeegee - put those quotes in context then. Waiting ................

      Godfrey - 2012-01-19 20:42

      Waiting ................

      Gerhard - 2012-01-19 20:43

      Once again Africa shows that it does everything wrong that can be done wrong.

      Kim - 2012-01-19 20:46

      @Godfrey I agree with you 100%. Religion is the cause of all evil on earth and the bible is a book of evil.

      Kim - 2012-01-19 21:02

      @ Wilbur remember man only created god so that he could control humanity and that is why man had so many intelligent women burned at the sake and used the excuse of them being witches. It's only logical that there would be no female prophets - man didn't and still doesn't like competition. Why would man create a system giving him all the power and then allow a women onto the team. The only thing your god has the power to do is sit and wank every time woman or child gets raped. If he had any power at all, he would have stopped all the murder, rape, genocide and poverty in the world. If your god had any conscience at all, he would have stopped all the evil in the world a long time ago and please don't give me that crap that everyone has freedom of choice. Where the f**k does a 9 month old baby have a choice whether to be raped or not??? Where does anyone have the choice to be murdered or not. You have a very sick, sadistic god who seems to get his kicks from the misery of innocent people and you have to be a very sick sadistic person to believe in a god like this without asking any questions. BTW raping your wife is no longer legal even though the bible says it is ok. Owning a women in the name of any god is also no longer legal.

      Wilbur - 2012-01-19 22:22

      Kim, I don't expect a God-hater like you to understand the Wisdom of the Creator of the Universe. Puny humans with their pathetic and flawed logic actually think they can criticise God - who is without blemish and defect. But for the other readers, here is a brief intro: God created both good and evil. He allows puny man to choose between the two options. He allows puny evil man to murder and rape, etc. BUT there are consequences. Puny evil man or woman goes to Hell while puny good man or woman goes to Heaven - only by His Grace. You cannot blame God for man choosing to be evil, just as you cannot blame a seller of matches for his customer's subsequent torching of a home. God does as He pleases. If satanic secular democracy has a problem with God not giving equal opportunities to women for becoming prophets, etc. then the problem is with satanic secular democracy, isn't it? I have no further comment to people who express hate and anger towards my Creator. He will deal with them as he sees fit.

      Gerhard - 2012-01-19 22:38

      @Wilbur. The universe never was created and hence cannot be destroyed.

      Kim - 2012-01-20 06:03

      @Wilbur exactly how evil must a 2 year old little be, or a 9 month old baby or a 7 year old little girl be to deserve the punishment of being raped, tortured or beaten to death. What choice do these innocent victims have and what protection has your magic man offered them. As to equal opportunity between man and woman - it is MAN who decided that women should be treated like pieces of meat for man's pleasure. It is MAN who decided that women will have no rights. Why would any god have made us if he didn't want us around. Why are women responsible for bringing life into the world if we are just substandard human beings - because MAN decided that he needed full control and that is why he created god so that MAN could scare women into submission!!!! Religion is based purely on man's obsessions and insecurities. come on man, do yourself a favour and read the bible without interpretation. Read the whole bible and not just the sections that suit you and read it as it is written - the way the authors intended for you to read it!!

      Kim - 2012-01-20 16:07

      @Wilbur exactly how evil must a 2 year old little be, or a 9 month old baby or a 7 year old little girl be to deserve the punishment of being raped, tortured or beaten to death. What choice do these innocent victims have and what protection has your magic man offered them. As to equal opportunity between man and woman - it is MAN who decided that women should be treated like pieces of meat for man's pleasure. It is MAN who decided that women will have no rights. Why would any god have made us if he didn't want us around. Why are women responsible for bringing life into the world if we are just substandard human beings - because MAN decided that he needed full control and that is why he created god so that MAN could scare women into submission!!!! Religion is based purely on man's obsessions and insecurities. come on man, do yourself a favour and read the bible without interpretation. Read the whole bible and not just the sections that suit you and read it as it is written - the way the authors intended for you to read it!!

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