Rabat - Three sit-ins are to be held this week in three Moroccan cities in support of two young women who are facing charges of "gross indecency" after they were accused of wearing 'immoral clothes'.
Rabat – Three sit-ins are to be held this week in three Moroccan cities in support of two young women who are facing charges of “gross indecency” after they were accused of wearing ‘immoral clothes’.
The women—hairdressers aged 23 and 29—were arrested on June 16 as they walked through the open-air market in Inezgane, a suburb of the southern city of Agadir, before they were surrounded by merchants who accused them of wearing “tight and suggestive” dresses.
Police intervened and placed the two women in a police car before driving to a police station where they were charged with gross indecency, according to media reports.
The first sit-in will take place on Saturday, June 27th outside the police headquarters in the city of Agadir, one of Morocco’s top tourist destinations.
The following day two other sit-ins are scheduled at the same time in Rabat outside the Ministry of Justice and at the Place des Nations Square in Casablanca.
Rights activists and participants in the three sit-ins will wear mini-skirts for women and shorts for men to denounce the trial of the two women which has been set for July 16.
Supporters of the two women have also launched an online petition dubbed “Wearing a dress is not a crime”. The petition has been signed by more than 14,000 supporters as of this writing.
Morocco’s Article 483 of the Penal Code states that anyone found guilty of committing an act of “public obscenity” such as “gross indecency can be jailed for between a month and two years.