Religion Of Peace Update
Posted: 01 Oct 2012 05:34 AM PDT
A Tunisian woman is facing up to six months in prison for allegedly having “indecent” contact with her fiancee in public. The police who arrested her say that they had no choice but to rape her before placing her in custody. Read that again, she is facing prison but the police “had to rape her”, and they face nothing.
“At best, charging the victim of a rape by police officers instead of protecting her from intimidation and stigma highlights the deep flaws on Tunisian law and criminal justice system. At worst, it is an insidious attempt to discredit a rape victim and protect those she accused of raping her,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Program Director at Amnesty International.
“Rape by security forces – often used as a tool of repression – is a form of torture, and must be promptly and fully investigated and, if there is sufficient admissible evidence, prosecuted.”
International and regional human rights bodies have established that rape by public officials always amounts to torture. [Bikyamasar]
Oh, and in case you didn’t know it, the Tunisian constitution declares that Islam is the official religion of that Arab nation.