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Woman Raped by Police Officers in Tunisia, Charged with Indecency: Hundreds Protest in Tunis

Hundreds of protestors have gathered outside a central courthouse in the Tunisian capital Tunis to support a 27-year-old woman who has been accused of violating indecency laws after she was allegedly raped by police officers. The woman, who has not been named, could face up to six months in prison if convicted. Politicians as well as students and lawyers joined in the protest, saying the accusations of immorality are meant to discredit her and designed to make her drop the rape charges against the police. The woman says she was raped by two police officers who approached the car she and her fiancé were in last month. The case has highlighted fears that the traditionally secular country could be falling under the influence of Islamist fundamentalists following the country's revolution last year. Nohmane El Fihri, a member of the country's new government, says the charges against the girl are unacceptable. Tunisian National Assembly member Nohmane El Fihri "There is at least 10 to 20 deputies today here from totally different parties all of them are saying one thing stop this bullshit of getting our societies to hundreds and hundreds years back what is happening today is that there is a girl who has been violated, who has been raped three times and instead of starting by taking the rapers into this building, they are taking the girl and they are saying that she was in non-decent position. This is absolutely, absolutely non acceptable in this country" In Tunisia, known as ...
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