Sudanese Women Clash with Cleric Who Justifies Sexual Harassment of Women Dressed "Immodestly"




Published on Oct 4, 2018

A debate about the sexual harassment of women in Sudan took place on Shabab Talk, an Arabic-language TV show on Deutsche Welle TV. Professor Muhammad Uthman Saleh, who is the head of the Sudanese Islamic Scholars' Association and who participated in the debate, said that the statistics that demonstrated that Sudan is a dangerous country for women were from sources "hostile to Sudan." Professor Saleh said that harassment "ensues" when young men are aroused by seeing uncovered women. Wi'am Shawqi, a 28-year-old audience member who spoke during the debate, said that Professor Saleh is to blame for sexual harassment because he gives men "the right to harass [women]." Shawqi also said that clothing has "nothing to do with the sick customs and backwards traditions of society" The interview aired on September 18. Shawqi's comments garnered attention from German and Arabic-language news sources, and Deutsche Welle TV claimed that Shawqi and show host Jaafar Abdul Karim received death threats following the debate.