Morocco might scrap disputed rape law

2013-01-21 21:26

Rabat - Morocco could scrap a disputed statutory rape law that favours the perpetrator, excusing them from jail if they marry their victim, the justice ministry said on Monday.

The suicide in March 2012 of 16-year-old rape victim Amina Filali, who was forced to marry her aggressor, launched the law into the spotlight and led to intensifying calls for its repeal.

The justice ministry said in a statement it supported a proposal by parliament to alter article 475 of the penal code, under which the rape of a minor is punishable by several years in prison unless the victim and their aggressor wed.

The proposal has yet to be formally approved by both houses, however.

The ministry said it was prepared to go even further than scrapping the paragraph on marriage, suggesting harsher punishments for rapists of minors, including up to 30 years in prison rather than the current stipulated five.

  • michael.mcn.9 - 2013-01-21 22:00

    Why not alter the law to include allowing anyone who murders the king to become king if he gives the royal family a good breakfast? Makes as much sense as allowing rapists to profit from their crime, doesn't it?

  • delish7564 - 2013-01-21 22:49

    It should be taken out. The thought of a rape victim having to endure not just the rape but then be "tied" to her attacker in marriage is beyond comprehension and totally abhorent. These men should most definitely be serving more than 5 years. Come on Morocco, make a stand, show other countries that you are serious in dealing with rape and punish severely those who perpetrate such a crime!

  • luna.moon.5243817 - 2013-01-22 07:23

    africa at its best!!

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