Liliane Mugabekazi, a Rwandan woman who was arrested for indecent dressing is
Liliane Mugabekazi was arrested on August 7 after she attended a concert by popular
French musician Tayc eight days earlier, wearing a sheer dress.
“She attended the concert while wearing clothes that reveal her private parts…
clothes that we call shameful,” prosecutors said, accusing her of committing a
“It is on these serious grounds that we ask the court to remand Mugabekazi for 30
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“She is suspected to have committed public indecency,” the spokesman for the
prosecution, Faustin Nkusi, told AFP, adding that the court would announce on
Tuesday whether she would receive bail.
News of the arrest sparked outrage among some Rwandans, but government officials
including former justice minister Johnston Busingye backed the move.
“The current issue of our young men and women who drink and drug themselves
unconscious, appear in public literally naked is objectionable,” tweeted Busingye,
who is now Rwanda’s ambassador to Britain.
“I support the efforts… to address it.”
In a TV interview last week police spokesman John Bosco Kabera rebuked what he
called “immorality and indecency among young people.”
“This problem is escalating… you find an individual wearing only a shirt only…
without pants or shorts,” he said.
These people then go to public places dressed like that, with clothes that look like
When the programme host asked him if “such people did not have a right to dress as
they please,” he responded: “The first right is to dress well, not dressing indecently.”
In recent years many Rwandans have fallen foul of the country’s strict indecency
In March, police arrested a 20-year-old woman for “public drunkenness and indecent
assault” after a video of her lying on the ground in an alcoholic stupor circulated on
The East African nation’s rights record has been sharply criticized by campaigners,
who accuse President Paul Kagame’s government of crushing any dissent.