Idi Amin would be pleased -- and likely thankful he didn't have to deal with Twitter.
Uproar over Uganda's proposed anti-pornography law banning "provocative" dress continues this week after the Mail and Guardian reported that women wearing miniskirts could be thrown in jail for 10 years.
According to Simon Lokodo, Uganda's ethics and integrity minister, short skirts are considered "indecent dressing."
"One can wear what one wants, but please do not be provocative," Lokodo, a former Catholic priest, is quoted as saying in the South African newspaper. "We know people who are indecently dressed: they do it provocatively and sometimes they are attacked. An onlooker is moved to attack her and we want to avoid those areas. He is a criminal but he was also provoked and enticed."
The suggestion that victims of sexual violence provoke attacks sparked social media rage and the Twitter hashtag #SavetheMiniSkirt (plus #SaveMiniSkirt and #AntiPornBillUg).
Perhaps Lokodo could have looked to Canada to anticipate how his comments would be received. Two years ago, a Toronto police officer suggested to a university audience that women should avoid dressing like "sluts" in order not to be victimized.
Michelle Shephard is the Star's National Security correspondent and author of "Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism's Grey Zone." She is a three-time recipient of Canada's National Newspaper Award. Follow her on Twitter @shephardm