Cambodia is trying to take away women’s right to freely choose what to wear

If a draft law currently under consideration is enacted in Cambodia, we might have to throw away some of our favorite outfits, and our rights and freedom along with them, when we return to our home country.

Cambodia recently proposed the Law on Public Order that, among other restrictive provisions, would allow police to fine or imprison women deemed to be dressed inappropriately. The law would ban women from wearing clothes that are “too short” or “too see-through” and men from being “shirtless” in public.

“It’s good to wear something no shorter than the middle of the thighs,” said Ouk Kim Lek, the secretary of state at the Ministry of Interior who is leading the drafting of the law. So far, the law has received support from 20 of the 24 provincial administrations across the country.

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