Welcome to the Arab Spring: Tunisian Woman Raped by Police Faces Jail for Indecent Exposure

Tunisia’s minister for women has condemned the alleged rape by police of a woman who was later – together with her fiance – charged with indecency.

“Nobody is above the law,” the minister, Sihem Badi, told reporters.

A lawyer for the woman says she was charged with public indecency after being raped by two officers.

The Tunisian interior ministry says that before the alleged rape took place, the woman and her fiance were found in an “immoral position”.

The woman’s lawyer, Bouchra Belhaj Hmida, told AFP news agency that the governing Islamist Ennahda party bore a “political and moral responsibility”.