In most countries, a woman wearing a bikini to the beach is nothing out of the ordinary. In some, however, itâ€™s enough for a woman to lose custody of her children.
According to RYOT.org, that is precisely what happened to an unnamed, divorced Kuwaiti mother who went to the beach in another country. The woman was accompanied by her children, and a man who wasnâ€™t related to her.
When her ex-husband found pictures of her in the bikini, he took them to court, where a judge reportedly deemed that she wasnâ€™t fit to take care of her kids.
Specifically, Yousuf Hussein, the ex-husbandâ€™s lawyer, is said to have noted that the motherâ€™s lifestyle was â€śunfitâ€ť for child care.
Furthermore, the pictures apparently showed that she wasnâ€™t â€śtrustworthyâ€ť; her â€śindecentâ€ť outfit was indicative of a â€śdeficiency in her morals.â€ť
She has since reportedly lost custody of her children.
Conservative lawmakers and officials have even gone so far as to insist that â€śwearing a bikini is not a personal choice or a matter of personal freedomâ€ť; instead, they consider it â€śan assault on local values and sense of decency and modesty.â€ť
The decision has had a larger impact across the country, too. It reportedly served as the inspiration behind the new rule, proposed by Hamdan Al-Azemi, head of Kuwaitâ€™s â€śAnti-Social Behavior Committeeâ€ť, that states that â€śnudityâ€ť should be banned from public places like hotel hallways and swimming pools.
However, Al-Azemi declined to offer a closer definition of nudity.
â€śNone of the negative phenomena that are alien to the Kuwaiti culture need to be specifically defined,â€ť Al-Azemi stated. â€śThey are anything that clashes with the precepts of Islam and the norms and traditions of the Kuwaiti community.â€ť
Although the rule hasnâ€™t yet been passed, if the committee approves it, it will be passed up to the parliament and then to government.
If the rule is approved at each step along the way, the ban on â€śnudityâ€ť will become Kuwaitâ€™s law.
The proposal comes several years after Kuwaiti lawmakersâ€™ unsuccessful attempt at passing a bill that would punish bikini-wearers with up to a year in prison.