Three Canadian sisters are planning to file a complaint against Ontario police after an officer stopped them from cycling topless.
Tameera, Nadia and Alysha Mohamed were feeling the heat during a summer cycle last week, so decided to remove their tops. While most people had no objection to the act, the local constabulary thought the display was a little too much for their delicate sensibilities.
Talking to the local press after the event, Tameera Mohamed said “[The officer] said, ‘Ladies, you need to put on some shirts’. We said, ‘No we don’t … it’s our legal right in Ontario to be topless as women.'”
“Women should be given the same freedom as men”
Following protests back in 1991, it’s been legal for women to bare their breasts in public in Ontario. Relying on this liberal law, Nina Mohamed challenged the police, insisting “When men take off their tops in public, it’s clearly because it’s a hot day and clearly it’s for their comfort.
“Women should be given the same freedom,” adding “Even though legally we have that right, socially we clearly don’t.”
The regional police acknowledge there was an incident involving three topless female cyclists and a police officer, but refused discuss the incident in detail.
This sisters are now planning to file a formal complaint with the Office of the Independent Police Review Director, and hold a rally to support the desexualizing of women’s bodies.