Hundreds of furious Tunisians have taken to the streets of Tunis to protest against the treatment of a woman who was allegedly raped by police officers.
When she filed a complaint against the three concerned authorities moved to charge her and her boyfriend with indecency.
The victim spoke of her ordeal:
“Policemen suddenly came up, they approached the car door, took my fiancé away and put me in the police car, and then, negotiations between them started. One asked ‘what can you give us’? The driver continued to drive and I was raped in the back seat by the other. They then changed places. I was raped for an one hour 15 minutes.”
The accused police officers say they found the couple in an “immoral position.” Authorities have yet to specify what the “immoral position” was.
One man raged outside the court:
“We believe in our freedom, but this woman was raped when she was out in the city. Such are the times in which we are living.”
While a woman expressed her fears:
“We are already experiencing a crisis of security. This act, this rape. This woman could be anyone’s mother or sister.”
Since the Islamists came to power following last years revolution, women’s groups have accused police of regularly harassing women for what they wear or that they are out in the city unaccompanied by family members.