Morocco women welcome change of law

2013-01-23 12:29

Rabat - Moroccan women's rights activists are welcoming a proposal by the justice minister to change a law that allows rapists to escape prosecution if they marry their underage victim.

Fouzia Assouli, president of the Democratic League for Women's Rights, lauded the move late on Tuesday, but warned that the entire penal code needs rewriting to stop violence against women.

Justice Minister Mustapha Ramid announced on Monday a plan to remove the paragraph that says that someone accused of "kidnapping" or "corruption" of a girl under 18 would not be prosecuted if he married her.

Morocco was shocked last year by the suicide of 16-year-old Amina Filali after her family and a judge made her marry the man she said raped her.

  • zaahid.appoles - 2013-01-23 12:49

    madness - how is this even allowed???? instead punish him for the heinous act!!!

      abner.mophethe - 2013-01-23 14:42

      what kind of stupid law was that anyway?

      malfazema - 2013-01-24 10:28

      They must put them in jail forever becoz they are animals they need to be locked up full tym

  • malfazema - 2013-01-24 10:32

    Why should you marry someone who raped you hw are you going to live with him ,you can kill him and end up in jail instead of him to be in jail this was a force matter that even if you we're raped if the man say I will marry your the judge drops the charges nt fair nxa

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