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VIDEO: Sudan’s judiciary orders probe into video of woman being flogged


December 12, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese judicial authority on Sunday issued a statement announcing a probe into the manner by which a Sudanese woman was flogged as part of a punishment handed down on her, Sudan’s state media said.

In December 2010 shocking images were circulated on the Internet on brutal whipping of a young woman, by uniformed police This week a YouTube video surfaced showing an unidentified woman in a voluminous cloak on her knees screaming and pleading in agony and pain with blue-uniformed policemen who took turns whipping her across the head and feet.

The policemen are shown to be laughing as the woman received the punishment and they are heard saying that she is sentenced to 50 lashes.

The video stirred widespread outcry among Sudanese around the world and even some pro-government columnists wrote critically of the incident.

"The investigation was started immediately after the images of the young woman, being punished under Articles 154 and 155 of the 1991 Sudanese penal code, appeared on the Internet," the judiciary said in a statement.

The statement said the investigation would look into whether the punishment was carried out improperly.

Article 154 and 155 of the Sudanese penal code mandates flogging up to 100 lashes as a punishment for adultery or running a brothel, as well as up to five years in prison.

The deputy police chief Adel Al-Agib, speaking to the Dubai based Al-Arabiya TV, yesterday said that the timing of releasing the video was ill-intentioned to coincide with the Human Rights day of December 10th and to smear the image of the country.

At the beginning of the video the woman is asked to bend down or face two years in jail. A man standing is also heard asking the policemen to carry out the sentence quickly “so we can go [home]”.

“Oh my mom…enough” the unidentified woman is heard screaming.

The video brings to memory the case of a Sudanese female journalist who was arrested last year and charged with indecent clothing.

A former reporter who was working for the United Nations at the time of her arrest, Hussein has publicized her case, posing in loose trousers she was arrested in for photos and calling for media support.

Under international pressure and intense media coverage, Hussein was spared the 40 lashes stipulated under the charge and was fined an equivalent of $200.

She refused to pay the fine but the head of the pro-government journalists union made the payment and she was released from jail.

Sudan’s government implements a conservative version of Islamic law in the north, and "public order" police enforce the laws, banning alcohol, breaking up parties and scolding men and women who mingle in public.


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  • 13 December 2010 08:33, by AAMA

    Complete nonsense,

    Shame, shame, shame on you NCP, however, this has been going on for a long time now but no have seen it before in such a video and nobody seemed to care that much when they hear about it “everyone is struggling to support themselves and their families even by degrading their moral values while staying out of politics to avoid persecution”. The Sudanese public became a dead nation, basically, the NCP can do almost everything, and if anybody says a word they can simply be killed “they can separate the south because they just don’t want its headache, they can loot the people’s money without accountability, they can empty banks from dollars whenever they feel insecure creating additional hardship to the already empovrished people, they can kill or replace the people in Darfur and substitute them by a favorable dead nation". The Sudanese people became shadows of who they where, a useless nation. In 1964, one university student was shot "some even say accidentally" and the whole nation went crazy, but today, our brothers in all corners of Sudan and in Khartoum are being killed and prosecuted systematically and nobody says a word, shame on the Sudanese government and its people, even if they are helpless. I just wonder, until when people will be silent about this bullshit government.

    This public order law has absolutely nothing to do with Islam "there is no dress code punishment in Islam whatsoever". This is just ruling by terrorizing the people in the name of islam which is even a bigger sin for they trashed the name of Islam and emptied it from the whole meaning of the principles it came to preach.


    • 13 December 2010 20:51, by Ahmed Chol

      Dear anybody close to this woman

      Tell that woman to come to South Sudan and she will live her life free from oppression of the NCP/NIF.

      What is disturbing is that the policemen in this video are still using a whip that was used by slave traders in the 1700’s. What a government?. This is what southerners have been going through for many years. In the absence of southerners, the regime is turning against their own people. As seen in the video, even northerners themselves are tired of this regime.

      Sudan’s existences as one country under Islamic sharia will be impossible, and for many decades to come Sudan will witness waves of multiple civil wars should the NCP impose unity and Sharia.

  • 13 December 2010 08:53, by mitch

    the worst intolerable suffering a woman can go through,so sad this kind of things still exist

  • 13 December 2010 09:56, by Sam Khon

    Do these people still lives in Stone age? How humitiating to be even associate this that country where corporal punishment is the norm to control and bring about social order to the very vulnerable and weak? They (women)needs to be care for, and protected not beaten on public streets? How primative is that. I hope once S. Sudanese gain her independent next year, women of the North Sudan should relocate there where they will be treated with dignity and respect. It must be hell for women living in Northern Sudan.

  • 13 December 2010 09:59, by Padiet Deng Alony

    Look this is unity ncp want with Southern Sudan with islamic law in capital haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, Bye Bye for good.

  • 13 December 2010 10:39, by Dansedit

    This is unacceptable and the sudanese government should stop immediately this an Islamic, unmaturely Idiology !!

  • 13 December 2010 11:18, by Udukcana.J

    Thats so outrageous. If thats part of the conservative ismlamic law, does Alla want any human being tortured by any human being? if so, that must be a very different Alla then.Those who support the unity should learn the reality from this video and make up their minds for good.

    wow,shame on those police for making that woman not looking like a human being.

    I thank the person who posted this video on youtube for exposing the hidden reality of slavery carried out by north sudan government.

  • 13 December 2010 13:29, by Chanson

    Bashir government is so wicked.I think the whole world is watching at them.And this can proof it right that! why Southerners need separation.

    I donn,t know .when is NCP is going to abandoning the way the dishumanize people .Shame on.......

    By-bye to that fake style of over looking others as of no values......


  • 13 December 2010 14:53, by madul south sudan

    my dear sudanese and world community!
    Sudan’s Judiciary is just ordering probe which will not be carryout in its real meaning of achieving Justice,it is blindfolding those who are calling for Human Rights protection within and outside Sudan.The NCP’s Lawyers are ordering the policemen to whip the woman in such an inhuman manner and now they are ordering the probe into the video.NCP is commiting crimes under the Sharia Law and at the same time claiming to investigate its crimes.What a contradiction is this???
    Yes!Ocampo is right to call for an arrest warrant for NCP’S leaders.

  • 13 December 2010 16:26, by Obol Sam Gabriel

    Really,what Khartoum is doing is not far from what they have done in Darfur genocide,i can always used to hear that court in Khartoum sentence people to death penal while the ICC need Bashir before the court.Let him also go and stand before the ICC judges like what he normally used to do here in khartoum OBOL SAM KING COLLEGE LONDON.

  • 13 December 2010 18:50, by Tambura

    Folks what you just watch is nothing compeer to what is happening in ghost houses in Khartoum right now. They have been doing that since 1983, what is new here somebody managed to recorded it... This is crime Mr. Omar and his gangs should pay for it.

  • 14 December 2010 04:19, by Jongkuch

    I do not know what will this stupid, draconian Sudanese judicial authority investigate? It has given licences to criminals to humiliate the Sudanese people for none other than primitive, religious beliefs.It is very difficult for me to think of Islam as a religion but a system of unimaginable evil led by satan against the human race. It is equally difficult for any sensible human being to treat defendless person like this. What is it exactly the Islamists in Sudan want to show the world?

    Moreover, I am appalled by the response made by the government that this video was posted on internet to smear the image of the country as it coincides with the human right report on Sudan. What is the credibility of a country that treats its citizens in this demonizing way? Well, some day justice will prevail in Sudan to stop this carnage.


  • 14 December 2010 09:51, by visitor

    My comments were removed. I guess there is censorship on this website, and you are only allowed to say Islam is wonderful, peaceful and perfect, and Bashir etc are getting it all wrong. Am I right?

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