The Straits Times
Published on Dec 24, 2012

Swaziland bans 'rape-provoking' miniskirts, low-rise jeans


MBABANE, Swaziland (AFP) - Police in Africa's last absolute monarchy Swaziland have banned women from wearing miniskirts and midriff-revealing tops saying they provoke rape, local media reported on Monday.

Offenders face a six-month jail term under the ban, which invokes a colonial criminal act dating back to 1889.

"The act of the rapist is made easy, because it would be easy to remove the half-cloth worn by the women," police spokesman Wendy Hleta was quoted as saying in the Independent Online news.

The ban also applies to low-rise jeans.