The interior ministry said the woman and her boyfriend were apprehended by three policemen on September 3. Two policemen then raped her, while the third held the handcuffed fiance.
Khaled Tarrouche, the spokesperson of the Ministry of the Interior, stated during a press conference on Tuesday that the three police officers “caught [the woman] in an immoral act” with a male companion before reportedly being raped.
Hamida’s client, who was allegedly raped on September 3, is accused along with her fiance of “indecency” by the policemen, the couple having been taken by surprise in an “immoral position,” according to the ministry.
If found guilty of indecency, the couple could be jailed for six months.
I never believed that I would be summoned to court accused of wrongdoing. I thought I was the victim, not the accused,” she told the paper.
“I will not renounce (my accusation) after being humiliated in this way,” she said, while denying that she had been in a compromising position with her boy friend in the car when the police arrived.
“It is not true. When they came, I was dressed,” she insisted.
Now Tunisia can be just like Iran or Saudi Arabia. Sprinkle on a little Arab Spring and a few Al-Nahda Islamists who believe that the Sixth Caliphate is at hand and voila.
Tunisia’s Islamist-led government is “morally and politically” responsible for police attacks against women, the lawyer of a young woman raped by two policemen and charged with indecency said on Thursday.
“It has a political and moral responsibility,” Bouchra Belhaj Hamida said.
Police violence “is not organised, but the language of the (Ennahda) party on women has paved the way for it,” she added.
“Since October (when the Islamists were elected to power), there have been many cases of moral, sexual and financial harassment by the police. When they see a modern woman, a Tunisian woman, they reckon they have the right to hold them to account” for their behaviour, Hamida said.
“Women victims (of harassment) are then condemned…”There is a feeling of impunity among the police,” the lawyer charged.