Two women who had gone to hear their breach of contract case ended up serving three hours of jail time for appearing in a Bukomansimbi court wearing miniskirts.
The incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon. The two women are Jane Nabukenya and Prosy Nasuna.
Records before court indicate that Nasuna dragged Nabukenya to court for breach of contract after Nabukenya failed to repay a three million shillings debt.
But before Bukomansimbi Grade one magistrate Catherine Baguma could hear their case, the appearance of the two women caused uproar in the court.
Members of the public in court started shouting and calling attention to what they deemed inappropriate attire worn by the two women.
Magistrate Baguma’s attention was caught by the shouting from the public who demanded to know if the two women were abusing the Anti-Pornography Act 2014.
The magistrate then ordered the two women to be detained for three hours each for contempt of court. Baguma noted that she was unable to proceed with hearing their case because their attire was distractive.
She set March 13 as the new date to hear their case.
There is a public misperception that the Anti-Pornography Act was passed to stop citizens from dressing indecently. The law is especially believed to be against the wearing of miniskirts by women. Women perceived to be dressed indecently have thus been undressed by mobs in several towns in Uganda.