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From the Same Mindset Which Blames Murder on the Weapon Being Used…

(H/T Instapun­dit)

Swazi­land is one of the two land-locked coun­tries located within the bound­aries of South Africa.  It’s not really known for much else in the North Amer­i­can con­ti­nent beyond the African HIV epi­demic and the low­est life expectancy on the planet.

But this news might change that.

Police in Swazi­land are crack­ing down on rape—by putting women in jail. Author­i­ties in Africa’s last absolute monar­chy have issued a ban on “rape-provoking” cloth­ing, includ­ing miniskirts, midriff-revealing tops, and low-rise jeans, the AFP reports. Women caught wear­ing such cloth­ing will be arrested, and face six months in jail. “The act of the rapist is made easy, because it would be easy to remove the half-cloth worn by the women,” a police spokes­woman explained.

The spokes­woman also said that provocatively-dressed women are to blame when they are sex­u­ally assaulted. “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 said. The ban will not, how­ever, apply to tra­di­tional garb, which can be a tad reveal­ing. Dur­ing the annual Reed Dance, for instance, women go bare-breasted and wear beaded skirts that only cover their front.

No word yet on any­thing else in Swazi­land that the author­i­ties wish to blame the vic­tim for.  It’s early though.

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