By Noah Rayman | Nov 29 2012police ,public indecency ,rape victim
Tunisian courts today dropped charges against the woman, who was raped by two policemen and then accused of public indecency after she came forward.
â€œShe was contacted by the judge to inform her that the charges were dropped and that the accusations against the aggressors have been retained,â€ said Saida Guerach, a lawyer representing the woman.
The trial will proceed for two policemen accused of raping the woman as well as a third one charged with extorting the womanâ€™s fiancÃ©e, according to Guerach. All three policemen are in custody.
The policemen stopped the 27-year-old woman and her fiancÃ©e in their car on the night of September 3, and two of them allegedly raped her while the third detained and demanded money from her fiancÃ©e, who also faced charges that were dropped today. The police have denied the accusations and said that they found the woman in an â€œimmoral position.â€
This is â€œa beginning of victory,â€ the woman, whose identity has been withheld, told the private radio station Shems FM.
The charges enraged activists, who considered the saga a step backwards for Tunisiaâ€™s womenâ€™s rights record.
Hundreds of people came out in support of the woman last month at her first hearing, claiming that that the counter charges were intended to force her to drop the accusations against the policemen.
Later that week, President Moncef Marzouki offered an â€œofficial apologyâ€ to the woman, although the charges were not officially dropped till today.