South Sudan's government has expressed outrage after police in the capital, Juba, arrested more than 30 women for wearing tight trousers or short skirts.
Police said local officials had issued an order banning "bad behaviour and the importation of illicit cultures".
Gender Minister Mary Kinden Kimbo said police had exceeded their authority and violated the women's human rights.
Some of the women were beaten after they were arrested outside church and bundled into lorries.
All the women have since been freed and the government of the semi-autonomous region has launched an investigation.
Girls were picked up from points like in the church and were hurled into police lorries
Gender Minister Mary Kinden Kimbo
Traditional values are important in the largely Christian or animist south, which is still recovering after decades of war against the mainly Muslim north.
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