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Video of Woman Stripped Naked for “indecent dressing” in Kenya Sparks #MyDressMyChoice Protests

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A woman was reportedly stripped naked on the streets of Nairobi, Kenya by unknown men on Friday, November 7th, because she was “indecently dressed.” A video of the incident went viral last week, sparking outrage amongst many Kenyans, who launched a protest tagged #MyDressMyChoice on social media. Protesters have also gathered at various locations in Kenya to raise their voices against the violent act.

The video has been deleted from Youtube, however; AlJazeera  was able to view it before it was deleted. They describe the content of the video:

“In the video, reportedly taken at a bus stop, the woman is seen surrounded by men who strip her naked and assault her for allegedly dressing improperly.”

Mashable also states that “in the footage, several men can be seen surrounding the woman and pulling at her clothes, as she tries to escape.”

Some sources allege that the men who stripped the woman are ticket collectors for a local bus company, but another report states that the company has denied that the men were staff members.

Here’s what some people on Twitter/Instagram are saying about the incident:

Chocolate City singer, Victoria Kimani, who is from Kenya said:

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A follower’s response:

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Tweets:

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A few months ago, BN posted an article about a similar topic, Do Women in Revealing Clothes Deserve Rape? Surveyed Brazilians Say “Yes”, in which a majority of respondents to a survey expressed that women who dressed in a revealing manner deserve to be raped.

No woman deserves to be raped or physically assaulted just because she chooses to dress a certain way.

Photo Credit: Mashable/Al Jazeera

45 Comments

  1. bruno

    November 17, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Sometimes I wonder, what is wrong with men in general, who gave u the right to dictate how a woman should dress, who gave men the right to strip a woman, no matter how exposed her body is?

    If a man is sagging his trousers can women gather and strip him naked?

    Perverts everywhere. They are always ready to remove a woman clothes at any chance, WHY?they keep behaving like they haven’t seen breasts before, behaving like sexual predators. Its disgusting.

    I also blame women also, u people will have sons and u will not raise them well, they grow up and become mannerless monsters.

    I am tired of the human race.

    • Ada Nnewi

      November 17, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      Women need to raise their sons right!

    • Nahum

      November 17, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      I agree with you Bruno. We women need to do better in raising our sons. After all, these monsters have mothers who raised them this way. It is my choice to dress the way I wish. You have NO RIGHT to put your hands on me! This is why I carry pepper spray about. For your sake, you best miss me with that ish. I will not tolerate anyone molesting me, I will blind you!

    • tunmi

      November 17, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      Are women the only ones raising sons? Ogini??? Men need to raise their sons right. Men need to hold themselves accountable. Men need to have self control.

    • Ashley B

      November 18, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      To me personally, i can only tie this madness down to Poverty. poverty of the SOUL, BODY and MIND!! it is clearly poverty because 99% of these cases involved strictly poor people. (both perpetrators and victims) if these cats were well fed and had positive things to do with their lives, Issues like these would have left d continent. but when hungry idlers or borderline thugs r left roaming d street, one can easily see why they pick on women, as an antidote to their frustration. As im sure we can all agree that what is acceptably considered ”decent” in dressing is all relative. And this varies from one environment to another! Abi why dem never tear dem KIM K dress now?

    • naija

      November 18, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      then ask God to take your life of try ape race…..hahahahah. Over reaction

  2. adesua

    November 17, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    This Is serious. When the westerns discovered the blacks they said the black man is brutal and barbaric in nature. This act just proved them right. I love the protest, and a law should be passed in kenya to protect their women…well I trust my naija some girls wear crazy things here but I have not seen the man that is crazy enough to strip one naked. him people go pay hospital bill tire

    • Idomagirl

      November 18, 2014 at 12:23 am

      This happens in Nigeria as well…my friend witnessed something similar in Wuse market years ago..In the girl’s case, someone gave her a wrapper to tie and hid her in her shop till the idiots that had dispersed left…

    • Naya

      December 11, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      The brutal act of undressing that female by those men, doesn’t prove some stupid idea that the ‘westerns’ came up with. There’s no group of people called the westerns, but it should be westerners. And the westerners didn’t discover black people, people from the north part of the world went on expeditions and discovered that other people with skin not like theirs, existed in the ‘dark continent’. Your opinion is your own, but don’t claim that a theory that people centuries ago came up with is a fact, or has been proven correct. The act of a group of people do not represent the majorities views on the matter.

  3. Hmmmmm

    November 17, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Best comment Bruno has EVER made !!!… These words capture the whole double standard issue affecting the world today. It all begins from the family…Women Raise your sons well, Raise confident daughters, who will in turn raise amazing reasonable children and hopefully in 20 years some of these issues will be corrected.

  4. itsAJ

    November 17, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Thank u @Bruno for ur comment. Just hold on to the human race, theres still some goodness somewhere. Women we hold the power to end this monstrous behavior, we just dont push babies out. we play a part in all this.

  5. JEWELS

    November 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    The fact that many people are using “African culture” to defend evil things in society says to me there is no clear sense of what it means. And if a man is unable to restrain from committing rape coz of how a woman is dressed then he needs to blindfold himself anytime he is in public. Shame shame!

  6. Betty

    November 17, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    What is the opposite of decently? If someone tries to do the opposite those are the outcome. Men these days do not fear at all. Ladies please make sure that when you are leaving your home no one will complain about what you have put on. Wherever where you are going expect respect.

    • ada nnewi

      November 17, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      Please go back into the hole you crawled out from…

    • MC

      November 17, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      let them complain!!!
      People to too worried about what others are doing with themselves.

    • nikky

      November 17, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      What is this one talking about? Whose definition of decent should we have I’m mind exactly because what is indecent to you barbarians may be decent to rational people. What pains me most is when fellow women condone such humiliation of their fellow women. Betty I employ you to rethink what you just said. So before women step out of their house they should think of how men will perceive their dressing.

    • Iris

      November 17, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      Yes…this makes sense. The girl has exposed too much skin so let’s teach her how to be decent by taking off all her clothes, exposing all of her skin, and ogling her completely naked while we pretend to be disgusted that she was partially naked before. Yea…she’s decent now in her complete nakedness. We showed her!
      The issue goes beyond raising sons and daughters right. To say that, we assume that the parent actually knows what is right. This nonsense stems from the ideology that you have the right to “punish” and humiliate a complete stranger – by stripping them or raping them or beating them. It makes me wonder if this comes from stories we heard about the miscreant in the village being stripped and carried around the village or publicly flogged. In my primary school boys who still had problems with potty training and peed on themselves in class were made to wear girls’ clothing and vice versa. The goal was to publicly humiliate. That kind of thinking is what has gotten us here. It is NOT your body. It is NOT your right.

  7. NagosBigBoi

    November 17, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Can’t help but smile……your moral code says that women should not expose skin indecently…..u see a woman who partially violates ur moral code and you completely remove any clothes she has and thus completely violate ur own moral code….
    These are sexually frustrated men who are looking for a chance to make up for their shortcomings.
    BTW: this is not a black man problem….it is the world over….caucasin, asian, hispanic….

    • roastcornandube.wordpress.com

      November 17, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you!
      How does stripping her naked make her any more ‘indecent’ than she is already???

      The men are just animals, demons in suit!! Anu-ofia one and all!

    • Jactone

      November 17, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      And God said let us Create man in our own image and likeness do you think the girl was portraying the image of God ,NO though i don’t support the action men took.

    • AMAKA

      November 17, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      And the image of God was created fully clothed from head to toe? I refer you to Genesis 1 if you din”t know that the image of God was created NAKED.

    • Iris

      November 17, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      So..if someone asked you what God’s image is, of all the things about God what you would think of is “fully clothed”, yes? Since you decided to turn this into bible study and make this about outward appearance, perhaps you can explain to us how it is that Adam and Eve were naked and cool with Jehovah, then got tempted by the devil and put on clothes so they were no longer naked, and God still found them so offensive that he kicked them out. Or is your own bible different?

  8. Ephi

    November 17, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    This is just inhumane and unfair. What is it with Africa and violence against women?! How many men have been attacked for wearing “singlet” or even boxers down the road. Nonsense.

  9. Jactone

    November 17, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Whatever happened both men and a lady need to be blamed and calls for a question to parents what role are we playing in the life of our children as far as the image building is concerned

    • MC

      November 18, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      The lady needs to be blamed?

  10. Bruness

    November 17, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Yeah!!! I agree women should raise their boys right so also raising the girls right. We forget that not every boy has the privilege of being raised by a mother or better still a mother who has the time to teach him right from wrong. Its soo unfortunate that these men feel they have the right to strip this girl of her clothing they should be punished for it cos she has the right to express herself however she deems fit BUT we should always bear in mind that society will always have crude and lawless bruts who will always do as they please and its no African thing its universal if you are caught late @ night in a corner you’ll either get robbed and if you are scantily dressed increase your chances of being raped. Let us also educate our daughters on the implications of indecent dressing and the need to dress for the ocassion. Leave the scanty and skimpy dress codes for parties, clubs or where its acceptable, you can’t be scantily dressed and be roaming around the streets and bustops. Its not okay what they did but we should look @ the other side of it too. If you feel its ur right to be naked that’s ok but dnt be scantily dressed and waltz into onitsha or aba market and expect not to be mobbed that’s on YOU!!!!

    • MC

      November 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      I want to agree with you…well some of your points.
      But! how can “decency” be measured?
      What you may consider “decently dressed” may be what I consider “slutty looking”
      The problem is this….people not minding their own!
      What I wear has noooooooo effect on anybody’s life, so why stress themselves.

  11. Toluwani

    November 17, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    I have been saying this thing over and over, women please train your sons right! When you bring up a male child thinking that he is a god and all females are subordinate to him, what do you expect to happen? At home there are no girl duties or boy duties, everyone cooks, cleans etc. My brothers know better than to pass even a remotely sexist comment around me.

    We do not belong to men!! You have no right to put your hands on a woman without her consent, no matter what!!! Btw the guy that posted that rubbish tweet about his “support” should go and hug an atomic bomb.

  12. ATL's finest

    November 17, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Ignorance is a disease!!!! I sometimes wonder if I under dress in Nigeria the comments they will make! Some will say I wasn’t raised right, I’m spoiled etc just because folks saw butt cheeks or cleavage smh.. Bless this woman’s soul.

  13. Yv

    November 17, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    For once Bruno, I totally agree with you. True talk!

  14. baboushka

    November 17, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    “indecently dressed” “African culture” pray what were these neanderthals wearing before the white man brought them bible and cloth ? GTFOH super pissed off I followed the hashtag there is a reward for the capture of these idiots the daily newspapers are circulating their photos screen grabbed from the videos I pray that when they are caught before being taken to court they should also be stripped naked and made to walk around the streets, apologize to the woman and then be taken to court and given 10 years minimum they should serve as a lesson to all would be such idiots. What nonsense!

  15. mx

    November 17, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    what those men did was totally barbaric and stupid.but lets not be sentimental women today dress badly and they know it,men are bombarded everyday by indecent dressing by women.women are know that they dress provocative but they forget that not all men have self control.let me ask you a question when you see a woman half naked all in the name of fashion why do you turn away in disgust?to ladies your body is your pride cover it in a fair way.those men should be arrested for behaving like animals

    • Idomagirl

      November 18, 2014 at 12:21 am

      Abeg keep quiet. There’s a lot of nonsense we see, but we look away. Do you know how many times I’ll be standing by the side of the road and a man will just come out of nowhere, pull out his junk and start urinating right beside me? That is completely indecent but do we not turn/walk away? If you don’t like the way someone is dressed, look away, we are not wild animals we are humans. Stop attempting to justify barbarism.

  16. Friday''s other child

    November 17, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Both parents, not just mothers, need to raise their children right.

  17. honeymix...

    November 17, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I see men everywhere with sagged trousers which shows their boxers, but no one frowns at this in any way but if it were a woman whose panties were showing, all hell would be let loose.

  18. True Talk

    November 17, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Ah Adesua, stripping women happens in Nigeria oh! Shine ya eye. I have seen women flogged in their compound and stripped in public. It is an African problem–men don’t respect women…from Nigeria to Zimbabwe.

  19. LotusFlower

    November 17, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    It is only women that they can strip. Why aren’t they stripping all the useless leaders that are ruining their precious country? They only have the guts to get “angry” when it comes to women matter. Cowards. Hypocrites.

  20. Damilola

    November 17, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    so a woman isnt dressed properly and these people believe the proper way to correct her is by stripping her naked? ohhh the Irony! Plus wat is your business.. cant you just remove your eyes and mind your own business and leave her to wear watever she wants. But No o our african warriors always wanna prove themselves.

  21. Idomagirl

    November 18, 2014 at 12:16 am

    After someone will tell me that we no longer need Feminism and that the ‘battle’ for equal rights has been won. In a truly equal society, one where men aren’t raised to think that they are superior to women simply because of their reproductive organs, this sort of nonsense will not happen.

    Religious Africans are the biggest, most disgusting hypocrites on the planet. You claim she is indecently dressed yet you take off all her clothes, bloody animals.

  22. Jane Cate

    November 18, 2014 at 8:30 am

    a woman should dress anyway she likes provided she is comfortable.
    What those men did was barbaric and placing the blame that she was indecent is just using as an excuse so that they can satisfy their sexual frustration. The odd thing was that the woman was not scantly dressed. she just ignored them.
    At Nahum thanks for the pepper spray idea. will buy cause its not safe for any woman in Africa…Pervs

  23. kenyankonstant

    November 18, 2014 at 9:48 am

    NGO sponsering this movements. what do you gain ladies by showing everyone your swelling butts? i wish ni madem wabichi wa highschool naeza elewa bt sasa ma shosho ka nyinyi grow up

  24. Chinagorom Martin

    November 18, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    I am just enraged reading this.

  25. Mukwisie

    November 19, 2014 at 9:43 am

    My dress is my choice but i live in a society that does not protect me from hooligans who want to deny me that freedom because when it comes to enforcing legislation that ensures the rights of the African Woman, law enforcement is lax. This is because they do internally believe that a woman is entitled to that respect in the first place. we need to ensure the African woman is protected because how are we to feel safe on our streets!? until then my dress is my choice but i will make sure it is wise one because there are wolves among us and i do not feel safe

  26. MAKAU JOSEPHAT

    November 19, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Though western culture has invaded our volatile brains,what should figure out in our minds before dictating on what to wear is the so called original background on the way we have been brought up.i’m not against wearing scanty clothes,yes its your choice,but choices have conseqeunses, i mean a lady of sound mind will not walk in our streets wearing a nite dress and expect us to watch in dismay as she quenches our meagre moral know how. there is private life,dress the way u like in your privacy.im not justifying men who commit the primitive act and in the other hand im not encouraging westernisation to drown our african culture. God himself saw the impunity of our first parents if im not wrong and that is why He clothed them to hide their nudiness. the clothing wasnt repealling. n-wei dress scantly and be ready to face the out come.

  27. Jonathan Onche Edeh

    November 21, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    It is totally unacceptable for any man or boy to beat up, or strip any woman or lady naked for any reason- It is the height of disrespecting a woman. But it is a shame for any woman to support, or stand by and watch those ladies stripped naked by men who are nothing but criminals. While it is disappointing for a real man to stand by and do nothing while a lady or woman is been disrespected as such.
    As a gender writer, I have said this before and I will say it again that unless the government begins to put in place measures that would criminalised abuse/ violence against women, the worst is yet to come.
    Women or ladies should dress properly, and not naked or in scanty cloths, because when they do so, they give the ground for such abuse or violence against them. ‘It is Your Choice, but please make your choice honourable and dignified, and not like people deserving of abuse and assault….WE MUST WAKE UP TO THIS CRY NOW, BEFORE ITS TOO LATE…BEFORE OUR WORLD OF WOMEN SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES OF A DEPRAVED SOCIETY.

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