Liliane Mugabekazi, a 24-year-old woman, is in hot water after showing up to a concert in Rwanda wearing a see-through dress.
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 on Thursday, August 18, 2022, that she might spend up to two years in prison for “public obscenity.”
According to news18.com, Liliane Mugabekazi’s August 7th arrest came after she attended a concert by popular French musician Tayc eight days earlier. “She attended the concert while wearing clothes that reveal her private parts… clothes that we call shameful,” prosecutors said, accusing her of committing a “serious crime“.
“It is on these serious grounds that we ask the court to remand Mugabekazi for 30 days. She is suspected to have committed public indecency,” the spokesman for the prosecution, Faustin Nkusi, told AFP and added that the court would announce on Tuesday whether she would receive bail.
Social media users are furious about the arrest, while members of the Rwandan government, like the former justice minister Johnston Busingye, supported it.
“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.” Also in a TV interview last week, police spokesman, John Bosco Kabera rebuked what he described as “immorality and indecency among young people”.
“This problem is escalating… you find an individual wearing only a shirt only… without pants or shorts. These people then go to public places dressed like that, with clothes that look like nets,” he continued.
When the TV host asked him if “such people did not have a right to dress as they please,” he replied: “The first right is to dress well, not dressing indecently.”
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.