The judiciary body of Uganda has lifted a law; attempted at curbing pornography – that is meant to prevent the wearing of mini skirts; a response to campaigns for women’s rights.
The deliberation saw that the law which sprung due to a 2014 law passed and tagged the anti mini skirt law was appalling to the general constitution of Uganda.
According to Justice Egonda-Ntende, the law passed as an aversion to pornography is ruled null and void, thus cancelling the power of the committee assigned to upholding pornographic aversion.
The 2014 law found any situation seen as pornographic right from putting on mini skirts to composing music that was sexually explicit as a criminal offence, hence, making women more susceptible to harassment and abuse based on the concept of provocative outfits.
There have been previous times arrests have been made on men who patronized prostitutes.
Sometime in 2014, pop musician, Jemimah Kansiime was apprehended due to her performing sparsely clothed in her music video, and the charges against her were certain to make her face ten years in prison; however, the chances of them following up with these charges is no longer feasible.
The lifting of the legislation was appreciated by activists for women’s rights who had actively campaigned on streets against the law.
One of such activists is Lillian Drabo who stated that the struggle against such a law had not been exciting although she is quite appreciative that the fight had not been in vain.
Some of the active movers for the petition against the law explained that such laws supported the vile treatment of women in public spaces while also making them feel they lacked control of their bodies.