20 Dec 2013

Uganda to ban short skirts

12:26 pm on 20 December 2013

In Uganda, MPs have passed a controversial bill that will ban miniskirts.

The anti-pornography bill, which also outlaws overtly sexual material including music videos, was voted through after a short debate.

When Uganda's ethics and integrity minister, Simon Lokodo, proposed the legislation earlier this year, he said women who wore anything above the knee should be arrested, the BBC reports.

The bill needs to be approved by the president before becoming law.

Uganda is a socially conservative country and is also considering legislation to increase the punishment for homosexual acts, including the death penalty in some cases.