الجمعة , مايو 21 2021

Moroccan women 'freed' over skirts

People protesting outside the court ahead of the court case for two girls who have been charged with gross indecency for wearing skirts in a market in Inezgane in Morocco 06 July 2015

People protested outside the court ahead of the court case earlier in July

Two Morocco women have been acquitted of indecency charges after they went on trial for wearing short skirts, their lawyer says.

They were arrested on 16 June in a market in Inezgane, near Agadir after being heckled by market traders.

Their case sparked a national outcry and an internet petition calling the arrest an attack on personal freedom attracted thousands of signatures.

Hundreds of lawyers offered to defend the women in court.

The Moroccan news site Tel Quel quotes the women’s lawyer, Houcine Bekkar Sbai, as saying the next step is to prosecute the people who harassed them in the market.

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