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Women Out For The Evening Risk Arrest in Turkmenistan

Categories: Central Asia & Caucasus, Turkmenistan, Citizen Media, Human Rights, Women & Gender

The Vienna-based opposition blog Chronicles of Turkmenistan reports [1] that police in northern Turkmen town of Dashoguz raid cafes and restaurants in search of women out for the evening. According to the blog, single ladies and women dining without their husbands are taken to police stations. Chronicles of Turkmenistan alleged [2] back in November 2013 that similar raids were carried out in the country's capital, with women detained and forcibly tested for sexually-transmitted infections and narcotics-use as part of the authorities’ effort to curb prostitution.