Moroccan Women Say Rape-Marriage Law Must Go

Protesters gather in campaign to abolish sexual violence article in country's penal code

by Lesley Kennedy • Reporter

Think it’s unlawful to let a man wed the woman he raped—if she’s a minor—so he can stay out of jail? So do many Moroccan women, and hundreds let their protests be heard outside the country’s parliament over the weekend, the BBC reports.

Spurred by the recent suicide of Amina Filali, 16, who was “severely beaten during a forced marriage to her rapist,” women’s rights groups are campaigning to abolish the law, according to the news organization.

“What we have witnessed is scandalous,” Fouzia Assouli, president of the Democratic League for Women's Rights, tells the BBC. “We have had enough. We must change this law, we must change the penal code.”

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First Published March 19, 2012

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