Rape Victims Kills Self After Forced to Marry Her Rapist

Posted: November 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

Any law that unintentionally encourages a rapist to marry his victim to avoid prison is essentially a law that encourages rape…

A Moroccan has killed herself last month after she was forced to marry the man who raped her by her family.

In March 2012, 16-year-old Filali committed suicide in the northern town of Larache by taking rat poison after she was forced to marry her rapist. Her death provoked several demonstrations and the Twitter hashtag #RIPAmina to demand the repeal of Article 475.

According to Article 475, a rapist can avoid a prison sentence by marrying his victim. The law is based on a similar measure in France. The girl’s family has refused to grant interviews to the press.

The Qatari Al Jazeera news network quoted Abdel Ali El-Allawi, director of the local chapter of the international NGO the Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH) as saying that the girl was raped by another minor.

“He was put in prison,” said Allawi. “The family of the rapist entered negotiations with the family of the victim. They proposed the two get married”.

http://en.alalam.ir/news/1537309

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