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Alleged Tunisian rape victim charged with 'indecency'

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Alleged Tunisian rape victim charged with 'indecency'


A 27-year-old Tunisian woman has been charged with “indecency” after accusing two policemen of raping her.

Officers beat her up and dragged her into the back of their car before assaulting her.

Emna Zahrouni, the woman’s lawyer, said an investigation into the rape was already underway when the charges were brought.

“We were surprised to learn that the public prosecutor wanted to bring my client and her fiancé before the courts,” she said.

Leading human rights, feminist groups and civil society activists are campaigning on the unnamed woman’s behalf.

The case comes after protesters forced MPs to ditch plans to replace the term “equality” between men and women, with the word “complementary”.

Protesters feared it would chip away at the rights Tunisian women have enjoyed since 1956.

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