Uganda bans mini-skirts, deplores rise of pornography

Uganda bans mini-skirts, deplores rise of pornography

From now on, women in Uganda will no longer wear mini-skirts or any cloth that exposes body parts such as breasts, thighs, buttocks and genitalia, as laid down by Parliament’s newly-enacted Anti-pornography Bill of 2011, the Daily Monitor reported.

The new law also prohibits any combination of a person engaged in explicit sexual activities or conduct, erotic behaviour intended to cause sexual excitement, and any indecent act or behaviour tending to corrupt morals.

Homosexuality has also been officially outlawed, and anyone found engaging in such ‘inhuman’ acts faces life imprisonment, according to the Anti-homosexuality Bill, another contorversial law, also enacted last week.

Unlike in Europe and US, where gays and lesbians are allowed to do whatever they feel like, including get married and adopt kids,  homosexuality is a criminal offence and considered as an ‘unclean’ act in many African countries.

Furthermore, ‘pornographic’ content featuring US ‘naked’ artists such as Beyonce, Rihanna and Madonna will also be curbed on Uganda TV, according to reports from the capital Kampala, as the government of Yoweri Museveni cracks down on the rise of pornography in this East African country of 37 million people.

Museveni, one of Africa’s most dangerous dictators, has ruled Uganda with iron-fist since 1986, rigging successive elections to stay in power. His critics say he and his ‘corrupt’ government should focus on other critical issues affecting the country, instead of flexing their muscles on the so-called rise of pornography.

The government rode on its view that pornography has become such an insidious social problem in the country to get the Bill through Parliament, the Daily Monitor said on its digital edition.

“While some lawmakers claimed that the bill violates people’s rights, majority agreed with the government and enacted the Bill,” the newspaper added.

“With the enactment of the Bill, my dream has been fulfilled,” ethics minister Simon Lokodo was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

Photo:  Good bye to mini-skirts in Uganda. Credit: Daily Monitor

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