Monday, June 15, 2015

Fiji to ban public floggings after girls whipped for wearing shorts...

The Pacific nation of Fiji is expected to ban public floggings after the practice – introduced in British colonial days – was used to punish young girls in villages for wearing shorts, staying out too late or failing to adopt traditional hair styles.

Fijian authorities confirmed that by-laws will be introduced to ban flogging in indigenous villages, where it has long been permitted and is traditionally practised using whips made from coconut fibre.

The laws allowing the floggings were introduced during the period of British colonial rule from 1874 to 1970 and were intended to combat crime and allow local village chiefs to preserve their traditions.

 The Fiji Women's Crisis Centre welcomed the move, saying flogging was still used, particularly for young girls who were punished for wearing shorts or trousers or for refusing to cut their hair in traditional styles. Full story...

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