A disturbing new YouTube video shows a Sudanese woman crying out in pain during a public flogging.
She was reportedly guilty of riding in a car with a man who wasn’t her husband or an immediate family member, an offense that is prohibited by Sudan’s public order law.
The woman, reportedly named Halima, crouches on the ground and tries to cover her head with a light pink cloth while a police officer walks around her with a whip, stopping to aim before lashing out at her body.
At about 0:39 seconds into the video, the police officer warns the woman, “This is so you don’t get into cars anymore,” according to France24.
A crowd of onlookers stands nearby, simply watching while the woman is attacked.
The video was anonymously sent to a journalist, who uploaded it on Sept. 17. It is unclear when the incident took place.
The accents in the video suggest it was filmed around Khartoum, Sudan’s capital city.
Khartoum’s governor, Abdul Rahman Al Khidir, reportedly said that he didn’t think the flogging was properly carried out. According to Opposing Views, he still thought the woman was “rightfully punished according to the Shar’ia law.”
Shar’ia law, a system of Islamic religious laws, is widely interpreted by Muslim communities around the world.
Sudan’s Public Order Law came into effect after General Omar al-Bashir took over as the country’s president during a 1989 military coup.
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