A video of a Sudanese woman being flogged in the street because she got into car with a man who was not related to her is drawing further attention to the treatment of women under some Sharia laws.
The MailOnline website in Britain reports that the woman - believed to be named Halima - was whipped by a police officer under Sudan's strict public order law.
A video of the incident, believed to have been in Khartoum, was made by an anonymous witness who then sent it to a journalist.
The footage shows the woman cowering on the ground and crying out in pain as the officer punishes her.
The Opposing Views website quotes the governor of Khartoum State, Abdul Rahman Al Khidir, as saying though the woman’s flogging was not properly carried out, she was “rightfully punished according to the Sharia law”.
MailOnline quotes Think Africa Press as saying the women of Sudan have been suffering under article 152 of the penal code, an 'inhumane, vicious and notorious' law first implemented in 1991.