October 16, 2009 (MOGADISHU) — Somalia’s hard-line Islamist group Al-Shebab publicly whipped women for wearing bras saying it violate Islam by constituting a deception.
North Mogadishu residents said armed men from the Islamist rebel group had been rounding up any woman seen with a firm bust and then masked men whipping them publicly.
They order women to remove their bras and shake their breasts, residents told Reuters.
"They first banned the former veil and introduced a hard fabric which stands stiffly on women’s chests. They are now saying that breasts should be firm naturally, or just flat," said Halima a resident from Mogadishu which accused Al-Shebab of whipping her daughter.
The radical group which suspected to be liked to Al-Qaeda has banned movies, musical ringtones, dancing and playing or watching soccer. They justify these actions saying they want to establish an Islamic state in the country.
Men were not spared the’ moral cleansing’. Any man caught without a beard was been publicly whipped.