The rising tide of Islamism in Tunisia since the country's secular laws were abandoned following the ousting of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali threatens to put women's rights back in the dark ages.
reported the 27-year-old woman was apprehended by three policemen who caught her in an "immoral position" with her fiance. Whilst one policeman held the man in handcuffs the other two raped the woman.
All three policemen were found guilty and imprisoned but in turn accused the woman of indecency, in what Aljazeera
describes as "the first time the authorities were trying to publicly shame a woman into dropping such charges."
According to the Ahram Org
a source at the Interior Ministry said: "The crime committed by the two police agents does not rule out the possibility that she was doing something illegal." If found guilty the woman could serve six-months in prison.
Faïza Skandrani, the head of the Equality and Parity organisation, told Aljazeera
: "The investigating judge is turning her from the victim to the accused, to help the police officers get away with it. I've heard about similar cases in Pakistan, but this is a first in Tunisia. Next they will be charging her with prostitution."
Skandrani went on to say: "The revolution was about freedom and democracy, not about undermining women's rights. They want to build a society where women can be used and treated like objects and where the man is always right."
Tunisian human rights groups have accused the police of regularly harassing women and challenging them over their dress. Until Tunisia's Arab spring women enjoyed progressive rights which the Islamists are now attempting to undermine.