In Tunisia, police sexually assaulted a woman and then accused her of "indecency" to evade conviction. This is not justice.
On September 3rd, a woman and her fiance found themselves under attack by police officers. Several took the man to an ATM, demanding cash while another raped the woman in the couple's car.
The officers only started throwing accusations after the couple filed a complaint against them for assault and extortion. Officers claim they found the woman in an "immoral position," and aim to charge her on a count of "intentional indecent behavior."
If found guilty, the couple could face six months behind bars. But if their case holds against the police, all officers involved would justifiably receive life sentences.
Tunisia's police should not get away with taking advantage of their position and targeting an innocent woman.
Tell Magistrate Mohamed Ben Meftah to drop charges of indecency against this woman and treat the situation as what it was-- rape.
Tunisia's current law enforcement procedures are in dire need of evaluation. Under no circumstances should any police officer take advantage of his position of power to sexually assault any citizen. For the woman who recently endured that torture, a swift response and investigation into officer conduct ought to have been the first response. I'm disturbed to discover that these officers were instead allowed to accuse this woman of public indecency.
This woman and her fiance face six months of jail time unless police authorities address the assault and extortion accusations against officers. I implore you to grant justice to the citizens abused by the police by dropping indecency charges and encourage authorities to take measures to disallow similar situations from recurring.
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