The Politics of Wearing Pants
posted: September 7, 2009
The time: July.

The place: A popular cafe in Khartoum,  Sudan.

The suspects: About a dozen women.

The arresting officers: The morality police.

The evidence: pants.

The charge: public indecency.

The penalty: 40 lashes and a $120 fine.

The instrument: A plastic whip designed to leave scars.

10 women pled guilty, and were immediately flogged; 2 went to trial. In the glare of international publicity, the fine for one woman, Lubna Ahmed Al-Husse, a journalist who worked for the U.N., was doubled but the flogging was dropped.

The outcome: Today she refused to pay the fine and was sent to jail for a month.

To read more, here's a  BBC article and a New York Times article.