Authorities in Rwanda claim that the transparent clothing worn by Efia Odo and others in Ghana constitutes a criminal there. Rwanda is an East African nation governed by Paul Kagame.
Liliane, a Rwandan, was detained on August 7 by the nation’s police force for donning what was deemed “shameful” attire.
Prosecutors warned she might spend up to two years in prison for “public obscenity” on Thursday, August 18, 2022.
News18.com reports that Liliane Mugabekazi’s arrest on August 7 followed her attendance at a concert by well-known French artist Tayc eight days earlier. Prosecutors claimed that she committed a “major criminal” by attending the event in “clothing that disclose her private parts…things that we label shameful.”
“We want the court to remand Mugabekazi for 30 days based on these significant grounds. She is believed to have engaged in public indecency, the prosecution’s spokesperson Faustin Nkusi told AFP, adding that the court would decide on Tuesday whether to grant her bail.
Social media users are furious about the arrest, while members of the Rwandan government, like the former justice minister Johnston Busingye, supported it.
Busingye, who is currently Rwanda’s ambassador to Britain, tweeted, “The current issue of our young men and women who drink and drug themselves unconscious, stand in public literally nude, is unpleasant.
“I endorse the initiatives taken to address it.” John Bosco Kabera, the police spokesman, criticized “youth morality and vulgarity” in a television appearance last week “.
“This issue is getting worse. You see someone walking about in just a shirt, no shorts or pants. These individuals then enter public areas wearing attire that resembles nets and “He went on.
The first right is to dress correctly, not to dress indecently, he responded when the TV host questioned him whether “such persons did not have a right to dress as they pleased.”
Many Rwandans have recently violated the nation’s severe indecency laws. A 20-year-old woman was detained by police in March of this year for “public drunkenness and indecent assault” after a video of her lying on the ground in a drunken stupor went viral on social media.