Protest in Morocco grows against rape/marriage law


Amina’s mother and sister at her grave

Several hundred women’s rights activists have demonstrated outside Morocco’s parliament to demand the repeal of a law on sexual violence. Morocco’s penal code allows a rapist to marry his victim if she is a minor as a way of avoiding prosecution.

A 16-year-old girl, Amina Filali, killed herself a week ago after being severely beaten during a forced marriage to her rapist…

The parents of Amina Filali were at the protest, says the BBC’s Nora Fakim, in the Moroccan capital, Rabat. They say their daughter was pressured by a local court into marrying her rapist, who then abused her.

She died after swallowing rat poison on 10 March.

Her case has shocked many in Morocco. Women’s rights groups have started an online campaign to have the law – article 475 – repealed…

The protest is an attempt to change attitudes concerning sex before marriage, especially in cases of rape, where the woman can sometimes be regarded as the criminal rather than the victim in order to preserve the family’s honour…

The demonstrators want women’s rights to be respected, not violated, and they want to help poor women such as Ms Filali to be able to stand up for themselves…

In poor, conservative rural areas such as this, it is unacceptable for a woman to lose her virginity before marriage – and the dishonour is hers and her family’s even if she is raped…

Ms Filali’s father said that when he reported the rape of his daughter, he was advised of the option to marry by court officials. “The prosecutor advised my daughter to marry. He said, ‘Go and make the marriage contract’,” Lahcen Filali told an online newspaper, goud.ma.

Campaigners are also calling for the judge who allowed the marriage and the rapist to be jailed.

This is one of those threads common to so much of fundamentalist religion — passed off as imperative to common law. Whether it’s Shari’a or Santorum doesn’t make much of a difference. Holy men make rules for women – even if the women in question have been attacked and assaulted by men.

Hypocrisy, a lack of respect for the rights of all human beings continues as characteristic of superstition, traditional custom maintained by fear-filled little minds afraid, unable, unwilling to confront a modern world.

One thought on “Protest in Morocco grows against rape/marriage law

  1. REBECCA DAWN says:

    Reblogged this on THE WAY I AM: and commented:
    this is so disgusting! This isnt about honour or religion. its about men being pigs. men should protect their women, cherish their women especially when something this horrible happens to their women. They should worry about their women’s recovery, justice. not worry about what others think, and how this affects them. How their women shamed them. Fucking idiots!

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