Rwandan authorities have arrested and taken to court a young woman over ‘indecent’ dressing, after a photo of her in a fish net attire at a music concert appeared on social media.
If convicted, the 24-year-old faces six months to two years in prison.
On Thursday, a judge at Kigali-based Kicukiro Primary court declined to grant her bail, with the prosecution requesting that she be detained for 30 days as the investigation continues.
The case was held in camera.
The Law Determining Offenses and Penalties in Rwanda, Article 143, stipulates that “Any person who performs an indecent act in public, commits an offense. Upon conviction, he/she is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than six months and not more than two years”.
The case has caused public outrage on social media with many condemning the government for violating women’s rights, while others argued for ‘more decent dressing’ in public.
“She risks 6 months to 2 years for expressing herself with her choice of clothing. If you don’t make a stand right now and fight for [her] this will be the norm going forward. Fighting for her is fighting for yourself,” Jessy Mugisha tweeted.