Imitating other genders to be criminalized?

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Bahrain’s parliament will this week debate a proposal to impose a jail sentence and fine on any man who “imitates women in their looks, dresses, or behaviour” in a public place. The jail sentence of up to one year and the fine of a maximum of BD1,000 will also be imposed on any woman who behaves or looks like a man in breach of public morals and local traditions, the proposal said.

However, the Council of Representatives is likely to veto this proposal as it is “too vague” and clashes with the Constitution that guarantees personal freedoms.

Bahrain is seen as among the most liberal countries and one of the most open societies in the Arab world.



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