Tunisia woman accused of indecency after alleged rape by police | LA Times
By Emily Alpert
Hundreds of protesters thronged to a Tunis courtroom Tuesday as a woman and her fiance who accused police officers of rape and extortion defended themselves against allegations of indecency.
The case has outraged Tunisian feminists and human rights groups, who said the charges are an attempt to humiliate and frighten the couple, discouraging others from reporting police abuse. It has focused new attention on police impunity and the rights of women in the North African country, the birthplace of the “Arab Spring” uprisings, as it tries to set its path after the ouster of autocratic President Zine el Abidine ben Ali.
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