Morocco women tried for ‘gross indecency’ for wearing dresses

Protesters in Rabat hold placards in support of the arrested women (EPA)
Protesters in Rabat hold placards in support of the arrested women (EPA)

Campaign grows in support of two Moroccan woman accused of “gross indecency” for wearing dresses considered provocative

Hundreds of lawyers have registered to defend two women who went on trial in Morocco on Monday accused of “gross indecency” for wearing dresses considered provocative, an activist said.

The women were arrested in the southern city of Agadir in mid-June after walking through a marketplace in the dresses, sparking anger among passers-by in the conservative Muslim kingdom.

The verdict is to be delivered on July 13, said Fouzia Assouli, head of women’s rights organisation LDDF.

The two women, hairdressers aged 23 and 29, were charged with “indecent exposure” for which they could face up to two years in prison.

They have been backed by hundreds of lawyers, many of whom appeared in court on Monday, said Assouli.

“Five hundred lawyers registered to defend the two women, but because of restricted space in the courtroom, only 200 were able to attend” the hearing, she told AFP.

The lawyers took turns to put forward arguments in the case, she said.

-The Telegraph

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