A bill before Parliament in Uganda would prohibit women from wearing miniskirts in public. The government's ethics minister, Simon Lokodo, has taken the lead in defending it. "Anything above the knee is outlawed," he said. "If a woman wears a miniskirt, we will arrest her."
If the bill were to become law, Uganda would hardly be the first country to institute harsh restrictions on women's dress in public. Saudi Arabia, for instance, famously expects women to be shrouded head to toe in public. So does Iran. In each of these cases, proponents of the restrictions say that part of their goal is to prevent women from provoking men into sexual assaults. But isn't it obvious that if a country wants to prevent sexual assault, it should figure out how to stop the criminals rather than impose constraints on potential victims?