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Tunisian Woman's Police-Rape Charge Sparks Protest Call

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Sept. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Tunisian civil-society groups are rallying in solidarity with a 27-year-old woman who was accused of “indecency” after she was allegedly raped by two policemen, Al Jazeera news website reported.

Police stopped the woman and her fiance on Sept. 3 in the Ain Zaghouan suburb of Tunis, the capital, Al Jazeera said, citing an interview the man had with France 24 today. He said they demanded money and handcuffed him, and then raped the woman in the back of their car, according to Al Jazeera.

The case marks the first time a woman allegedly raped by the police took the case to court, Al Jazeera said, citing Faiza Skandrani, the head of the Equality and Parity organization.

Al Jazeera said there is “widespread outrage” after the investigating judge summoned the woman yesterday to face charges of indecency lodged by the two men accused of raping her.

Human-rights and feminist groups formed a committee to coordinate a campaign in support of the woman, calling for a demonstration outside the court on Oct. 2, when the police are due to appear on rape charges, according to Al Jazeera.

To contact the reporter on this story: Salma El Wardany in Cairo at selwardany@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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