Outrage over Morocco rape victim suicide

2012-03-14 19:42

Rabat - Outrage has been building in Morocco's online community over the case of a 16-year-old girl who committed suicide after being forced to marry her rapist.

According to the local press, Amina Filali died after taking rat poison on Saturday. She had been married for the last five months to a man who raped her a year earlier.

The Moroccan penal code allows for a rapist to marry his victim to escape prosecution and preserve her family's honour, according to traditional practice.

The victim's father said in an interview with online Moroccan newspaper goud.ma that the court pushed the marriage on her.

Activist Abadila Maaelaynine tweeted that Amina had been "triply violated," first by her rapist, then by tradition and then by the Moroccan penal code.

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