Sudanese Woman Flogged Under Islamic Law for Riding in Car

Islam. It’s the only moral way to run a society.

A video has surfaced online showing Sudanese police repeatedly hitting a woman with a whip. Judging by the accent of those speaking in the video, it was shot in the region of the capital Khartoum.

The incident takes place in a courtyard – possibly at a courthouse – with a crowd of bystanders watching on. A police officer whips a woman seated cross-legged and facing a wall, all while the person filming and another person next to them giggle. At 39 seconds, an officer tells the woman, called Halima: “This is so you don’t get into cars anymore”. An Observer in Sudan who has watched the video says it is not unusual for a woman to be punished with lashes if she is found in a car with a man who isn’t from her immediate family (such as a husband, a father, or a brother).

Punishing women with lashes was written into law following the 1989 coup d’état and the arrival of Omar al-Bashir to power. However, this common practice only started attracting the international media’s attention in 2009, when journalist Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein was sentenced to flogging for wearing trousers.

It would be so awful if any of the bans on Islamic Law passed by states weren’t immediately struck down by Federal judges who seem very enthusiastic about flogging women for riding in cars.


  • Veracious_one

    How’s that Islam working for you girl???

  • Aizino Smith

    I thought Hind bint Utbah and some other women among the early Muslims rode horses.

    Horses are the ancient equivalent of the moder bicycle and car.

    If Islamic women could ride horses why cant they ride cars?

    Hadith recorded by Tabrani (RA), narrated by Hadhrat Jabir (Radhiallaahu Anhu) who reports of Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) to have said, ‘Everything devoid of the remembrance of Allah Ta’ala is Lahw save four actions; a) Walking between 2 targets (while practicing archery), b) Training or disciplining of one’s horse, c) Amusing oneself with the company of one’s wife, d) Learning of the art of swimming. (Targheeb Wa Tarheeb vol.2 pg.389; Dar Ihya al-Turaath)

    Omar ibn Al-Khattab (2nd Caliphate):
    “Teach your children swimming, archery and horse-riding.”

    Omar ibn Al-Khattab, 2nd Caliphate, was one of the 1st four Caliphs also know as the Rashidun caliphs or “the rightfly guided caliphs”. Both Sunni and Shia agree that their rule was good.

    So if Omar says teach your children to ride horses and children does not mean male only, then WTF are these Sudanese doing?