From Victim of Rape to Suicide

noreens
Posted March 15, 2012 from Palestine

so sad ...............things must change!

Outrage over suicide of Moroccan teen forced to marry rapist AFP – http://news.yahoo.com/outrage-over-suicide-moroccan-teen-forced-marry-ra...

A minister in Morocco's Islamist government on Thursday called for a change to a law allowing a rapist to marry his victim after a 16-year-old teenager forced into such a union committed suicide.

Bassima Hakkaoui, Minister for Women and Families and the only woman in the cabinet, called for a debate to reform the law, in comments to state television channel 2M.

Her predecessor in the post Nouzha Skalli also declared herself shocked by the affair and called for the law to be changed.

Amina al-Filali, 16, drank rat poison last week in Larache, near Tangiers in the north, after being forced to marry the man who raped her.

He had sought to escape prison by invoking an article of the penal code that authorises the rapist to marry to escape prosecution.

This is something to which the families of such victims often agree because the loss of a woman's virginity outside of marriage is considered a dishonour to her family.

Filali's funeral took place Sunday in the northern town of Larache.

On Thursday, 300 protesters staged a sit-in outside the local court that had approved the marriage, a demonstration organised by Morocco's Democratic League for Women's Rights.

It was the League that publicised Filalai's suicide as part of its campaign against the law.

On Wednesday the League's president Fouzia Assouli condemned the relevant article of the law, saying that while it ostensibly defended family values it did not uphold the rights of women.

"The law treats the raped minor like a criminal even if she was the victim of violence," Skalli told 2M television during an extended programme on the affair.

"We have to reform the criminal code to adapt to the new constitution, which forbids violence against women and ensures the equality of the sexes."

The affair has also provoked an explosion of outrage in the news media and on the Internet. Activists have set up an online petition calling for the law to be changed, which within hours attracted hundreds of signatures.

Under Moroccan law, rape is punishable by five to 10 years in prison -- or between 10 and 20 years if the victim is a minor.

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sabitrisanyal
Mar 21, 2012
Mar 21, 2012

It's horrible and sad. These rapists roam about in the country with a daredevil attitude and the girls who are the victims are the ones who suffer for the entire life.

It's a 10 years punishment for the rapist and a life imprisonment for the one who has been raped. Why??? Why??? Why???

I wonder if the Law has a mother, a sister or a wife..??

May Amina al-Filali rest in peace. And I am sure the rapist will be punished sooner or later for his deed.

noreens
Apr 07, 2012
Apr 07, 2012

He will be punished sooner or later, as you said.

Noreen

Celine
Mar 21, 2012
Mar 21, 2012

Hi Noreens, I followed the news on that case. I felt so bad that the helpless girl ate rat poison and died.

When the society has failed to save her from the daily trauma, she decided for the worst. She paid the supreme price. In my country, we name such individuals 'martyr' because she sacrificed her life to facilitate effective change. I am happy that the young people and entire pro-activists are using her incidence as a reference point for campaign.

Regards to you Noreens.

Celine

noreens
Apr 07, 2012
Apr 07, 2012

Hi Celine,

I wonder if she sacrificed her life to facilitate change, or if she was just so desperate to get out of a hopeless, ugly situation. Poor girl lost so much......

Noreen

kathyvirginia
Apr 04, 2012
Apr 04, 2012

Thanks for the story, Noreens. It illustrates the fact that although her family thought they gained some shred of "honor" by the young woman's marriage to the man who raped her, their's and the law's collusion with this injustice was to her dishonor. The marriage should never have happened and the man should be held accountable for the rape. I'll sign the petition.

Kathy

noreens
Apr 07, 2012
Apr 07, 2012

Hi Kathy,

I completely agree with you. I don't see a tiny bit of "honor" in what happened to her. The rapist dishonored himself and his family, and for sure should be punished.

Noreen

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