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Swaziland Jails Women For ‘Rape-Provoking Clothing’

Officials in Swaziland, Africa’s last monarchy, have made it illegal for women to wear miniskirts and midriff- revealing tops, because police say such attire incites rape, according to Business Insider.

“Offenders” will serve a six-month jail term under the ban.

“The act of the rapist is made easy, because it would be easy to remove the half-cloth worn by the women,” police spokeswoman Wendy Hleta said, adding that violators will be immediately arrested.

Also according to Hleta, women are the ones to blame for their attack if they’re wearing revealing clothing.

“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.

However, there are exceptions to the rule. The ban does not apply during the annual Reed Dance, where the ruling King Mswati III often chooses a wife (the king currently has 13 wives) .

During the ceremony, young bare-breasted virgins wear beaded traditional skirts that only cover their fronts, leaving their backs exposed because underwear is not allowed, reports Agence France Presse.

Women and young girls marched last month and called for protection against a recent wave of rapes in the deprived kingdom however, the law was passed anyway.