Special Deterrence Forces Impose Gender Segregation in Tripoli Cafes

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A Libyan militia affiliated with Tripoli’s Government of National Accord has banned men from accompanying women in public cafes, unless they can present a marriage contract proving that they are accompanied by their wife.

Libya’s RADA, also known as the Special Deterrence Forces, has decided to arrest people not respecting this law in cooperation with the Women’s Police officers. RADA’s primary focus is combatting organised crime and terrorism in Tripoli, but it is also policing social mores as most of its members are fundamentalists.

The law states that it is forbidden for males and females to sit together except with a marriage contract. Therefore, men are not allowed to sit with their girlfriends, colleagues, or lovers.

It is also forbidden for unmarried women or girls to enter public cafes allocated for men and females.