Normally having some beach bikini photos would not be an issue in many countries. But one Kuwaiti woman who dared wear a bikini in public while visiting another nation’s beaches ended up in court, and even had her children taken away due to her “indecent” outfit.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, a specially designed monokini is essentially a bikini designed for survivors of breast cancer, but it has become controversial because it exposes one side of a woman’s chest in order to properly support the remaining breast.
The Kuwaiti woman in question is divorced from her husband, and she went to the beach with her children while accompanied by a man who is apparently a friend of the family. While visiting the beach, the family took pictures and some of them showed the mother wearing a bikini. But when her ex-husband found these photos, he took them to court and the judge decided that she was no longer fit to take care of her own children.
According to the ex-husband’s lawyers, the bikini photos indicated the woman was not “trustworthy” and the choice of swimwear showed her “deficiency in her morals.” But the court also said the mom’s lifestyle made her “unfit” for being a mother. Kuwaiti officials even commented on the case, saying that “wearing a bikini is not a personal choice or a matter of personal freedom.” For them, a woman wearing a bikini is “an assault on local values and sense of decency and modesty.”
This attitude is not exactly new in Kuwait. Several years ago, lawmakers attempted to pass a bill that would punish anyone caught wearing a bikini with up to a year in prison. This new case allowed Hamdan Al-Azemi, head of Kuwait’s “Anti-Social Behavior Committee,” to pass a new rule that banned “nudity” from public areas, although in this case what is nude and what is not is ill-defined:
“None of the negative phenomena that are alien to the Kuwaiti culture need to be specifically defined. They are anything that clashes with the precepts of Islam and the norms and traditions of the Kuwaiti community.”
Of course, not everyone agrees with Kuwait’s bikini ban. Lawmaker Nabil al-Fadl has said, “If approved, I will deliver my resignation, as I do not approve of this regression and out of respect for my electorates who voted for my ideas and thoughts.” As recently as 2012, Adel Al Hashash, head of public relations and moral awareness department, said that merely wearing a bikini was not enough to be arrested in the country:
“Visitors should respect the traditions and wear decent outfits. This does not mean we will arrest any woman swimming in a bikini if she did not act immorally.”
Are you surprised that in some countries simply wearing a bikini is enough to have your children taken away from you?