Busting bras for that ‘natural look’

Somali women who wore bras were reportedly whipped by hardline Islamist group al Shabaab for being ‘deceptive’ about their natural physique.

Apparently rattled by the sight of a firm bust, the al Shabaab men rounded up women and then ordered them ‘to remove their bras and shake their breasts’.

Such a practice suggests a warped sense of morality.

The Malaysian Insider reports:

MOGADISHU, Oct 17 — Somalia’s hardline Islamist group al Shabaab has publicly whipped women for wearing bras they say violate Islam by constituting a deception, north Mogadishu residents yesterday.

The insurgent group, which seeks to impose a strict form of sharia Islamic law throughout Somalia, amputated a foot and a hand each from two young men accused of robbery earlier this month. They have also banned movies, musical ringtones, dancing at wedding ceremonies and playing or watching soccer.

Residents said gunmen had been rounding up any woman seen with a firm bust and then had them publicly whipped by masked men. The women were then told to remove their bras and shake their breasts.

“Al shabaab forced us to wear their type of veil and now they order us to shake our breasts,” a resident, Halima, told Reuters, adding that her daughters had been whipped Thursday.

“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.”

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4 Responses to “Busting bras for that ‘natural look’”


  1. 1 Ravin P 18 October 2009 at 9:21 am

    Why look as far as Somalia just look in your own backyard. Whipping for drinking beer but it’s okay for a Muslim to be a director of a beer drinking company. Religions that refuse to evolve will eventually go extinct.

  2. 2 JAMES LOW 18 October 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Instead of moving forward, the world it seems is trotting backwards.This,of course,is ‘glorified’ by the warp-minded few.

    What is happening to the more educated,rational and better thinking, so called majority of the world populace? By being almost completely silent, aren’t they guilty of abetment in such hideous acts such as those articulated above?

    It is only with the tacit approval of the silent majority that the these atrocities continued to flourish. To do it in the name of any religion is all but humbug.Remember the suicide guru David Koresh et el?

    To me some are so concerned with their after life. Why not pay more attention to our present worldly life where we can see,feel and touch.Just my take.

  3. 3 Pat 18 October 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Sigh… they’re all for letting it all hang out. Or loose, eh? Sigh some more. I’m glad I’m not there. At 53, flying south for the winter takes on a whole new meaning!!!


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