Friday, May 15, 2009

'Women Arrest Law' (S. African e-mail),,2-7-1442_2517243,00.html

News24 [South Africa]
15 May 2009

'Woman Arrest Law' e-mail a hoax

Johannesburg - Police urged the public on Friday to ignore a "hoax" e-mail about women's rights when being arrested, with the subject line: "Woman Arrest Law".

Director Sally De Beer said the hoax e-mail was being circulated at an increasing rate in South Africa and could have far-reaching effects if not disputed.

"The e-mail claims that between 18:00 and 06:00, a woman under arrest has the right to refuse being arrested by a male police official, even if an arrest warrant has been issued against her," she said in a statement.

The e-mail adds that a woman can only be arrested by a woman officer and be held at an "all women" police station. [...]