AN UNIDENTIFIED middle aged woman of Kabwe was yesterday completely stripped naked by a horde of youths who accused her of indecent dressing but the Young Women Christian Association has condemned the act.
The incident which attracted the attention of many onlookers occurred in the morning near Zambeef store as the woman who was dressed in skimpy skirt exposing more than half her thighs walked the corridors.
Eye witnesses told the Daily Nation in Kabwe that the woman’s dressing attracted running commentaries among taxi drivers and other passers-by who ordered her to buy a Chitenge wrapper and dress decently but the woman instead told off her critics.
“She was just politely advised to buy a Chitenge and wrap her body but she answered very rudely and that is what caused the youths to descend upon her and strip her completely naked and even the bra and under wears were removed, it was so embarrassing,” lamented the witness while others argued that she deserved the punishment.
The witness said when the woman sensed danger, she fled the scene and jumped into a taxi nearby but the unruly youths pursued her and got her from the taxi and completely stripped her clothes.
Efforts by other women to donate the Chitenge to the victim still yielded no results as the mob kept tearing any piece of garment on her.
“We want to warn women to dress decently, we carried out the punishment because she was already naked so we just completed the exercise and we will continue doing so to others,” said one of the youths who personally confessed to taking part in the act.
Meanwhile,YWCA central region coordinator Juliet Kawanda has condemned the act, calling it an assault on women.
Through KNC radio, Ms. Kawanda advised citizens against taking the law into their own hands.
She said if people noticed such wrongs, the right thing to do was to report such to police and allow the police to take action.
“There is a law against indecent exposure, and instead of taking the law in their own hands by undressing a person the right thing to do is to report such a matter to the police and allow the due process of the law to take its course,” she said.