Amina has gone!

Ibtissam22
Posted March 16, 2012 from Morocco
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March is the month in which Women are celebrated. Amina Filali, A 16-years-old Moroccan woman has decided to celebrate this in her own way. She was dreaming about a new rule that activists on women issues could achieve; a new rule that would have saved her life. Amina decided to put an end to her life after a judge in a Northern city of Morocco issued a rule ordering her to marry her rapist instead of applying the maximum punishment against the criminal. YEAH! WHEN A MAN RAPES A GIRL/WOMAN OUR MOROCCAN PENAL CODE HAS AN ARTICLE (457): “Rape is punishable by five to 10 years in prison, rising to between 10 and 20 years if the victim is a minor. But the rapist could avoid serving a single day in prison if he agrees to marry his victim.”

That’s a real insult to women when they are forced to live with the one who raped them!!WHY? To protect family honor! That’s really horrible and it brings tears to the eyes and I feel really enraged. I am really shocked and I cannot believe that this is happening in my country.

Traumatized by the painful experience of rape, Amina decided to end her life by consuming rat poison. Poor Amina announced to everyone that the law of shame (that dominates our society) should be abolished. Also, the law has to punish the offender not the victim.

Now, Amina has gone BUT there shouldn’t be other Amina(s). It is time that Moroccans from all walks of life fight for the abolition of article 457 of the penal code and for the adoption of new laws that impose strict sentences on rapist; new laws that protect women’s dignity.

All Moroccan women must stand up with this poor girl, because it is the ugliest and one of the most barbarian crimes and injustices that can happen to a girl. That’s a psychological turmoil and much bitter and slower than death. This abuse has to stop.

Tomorrow Saturday 17th we are all going out to say ENOUGH to these rules that humiliate us.

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noreens
Mar 16, 2012
Mar 16, 2012

HI Ibtissam,

I was shocked when I read the news about it, and I copied an article to my journal also. This is an unbelievable insult to the girl who has been raped by a criminal. The fact that he gets away with it, and she is expected to "live happily ever after" is just crazy. The law MUST change so there will be no more Amina's. What a waste of a young lady who could have lived a great life. God bless her!

Noreen

Leina
Mar 16, 2012
Mar 16, 2012

So touching Intissam,Im short of words and moved to tears.May her soul rest in peace and thank you for sharing her story.That is why we cant afford to be silent.Thanks to WorldPulse for providing a forum for such stories. Blessings! Leina

megha
Mar 17, 2012
Mar 17, 2012

I felt terrible after reading this, because it is so inhuman thing. Everyone should speak against this. And parliament should be forced to change the law, because it is against the basic human dignity of a women.

Tripti
Mar 17, 2012
Mar 17, 2012

Omg its not just a heinous crime by the rapist but an unbelievable crime by the constitution itself which is suppose to protect the citizens not manipulate the victim into enduring the worst. I mean what happens to a girl if she is gang raped? Thank you for this news. I m shocked to hear it n nobody should support this kind of injustice. You do what you need to do to abolish this.

Ibtissam22
Mar 18, 2012
Mar 18, 2012

We have gone out yesterday and we have raised our voices in front of the Parliament. We have said that this unfair and cruel article should be banned. Amina is not the first BUT it should be the last.