Rights group: Police rape woman in Tunisia, then charge her with indecency

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NEW: Rights group says case "shocked public opinion"

Police say they found couple in "an immoral position"

The couple denies the charges

Tunisians will protest outside the courthouse where the woman will appear

CNN  — 

Outraged Tunisians took to the streets by the hundreds Tuesday, angrily protesting the treatment of a woman who was allegedly raped by police officers – and then charged with public indecency when she filed a complaint.

“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,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, deputy Middle East and North Africa program director at Amnesty International.

“At worst, it is an insidious attempt to discredit a rape victim and protect those she accused of raping her.”

The case began September 3 when three police officers approached the woman and her fiance while they were in their car in the capital Tunis, the woman’s lawyer told Amnesty.