Morocco: 16 year old rape victim commits suicide after being forced to marry rapist

by Kal El on March 15, 2012 · 4 comments

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Only in the muslim world, is a woman punished in such a horrible manner.

Moroccans demand change to Islamic penal code after girl, 16, kills herself because judge forced her to marry her RAPIST

  • Online petition after case of teen who swallowed rat poison in protest
  • Women’s rights activist describes horror as ‘recurring phenomenon’
  • ‘Law protects public morality but not the individual’

Angry Moroccans are demanding a change to the country’s strict Islamic penal code after a 16-year-old girl killed herself after being forced to marry her rapist.

An online petition, a Facebook page and countless tweets expressed horror over the suicide of Amina Filali, who swallowed rat poison on Saturday in protest at her marriage to the man who raped her a year earlier.

Article 475 of the Moroccan penal code allows for the ‘kidnapper’ of a minor to marry his victim to escape prosecution, and it has been used to justify a traditional practice of making a rapist marry his victim to preserve the honour of the woman’s family.

‘Amina, 16, was triply violated, by her rapist, by tradition and by Article 475 of the Moroccan law,’ tweeted activist Abadila Maaelaynine.

Abdelaziz Nouaydi, who runs the Adala Assocation for legal reform, said a judge can recommend marriage only in the case of agreement by the victim and both families.

‘It is not something that happens a great deal – it is very rare,’ he said, but admitted that the family of the victim sometimes agrees out of fear that she won’t be able to find a husband if it is known she was raped.

The marriage is then pushed on the victim by the families to avoid scandal, said Fouzia Assouli, president of Democratic League for Women’s Rights.

‘It is unfortunately a recurring phenomenon,’ she said.’We have been asking for years for the cancellation of Article 475 of the penal code which allows the rapist to escape justice.’

The victim’s father said in an interview with an online Moroccan newspaper that it was the court officials who suggested from the beginning the marriage option when they reported the rape.

‘The prosecutor advised my daughter to marry, he said ‘go and make the marriage contract’,” said Lahcen Filali in an interview that appeared on goud.ma Tuesday night.

In many societies, the loss of a woman’s virginity outside of wedlock is a huge stain of honour on the family.

In many parts of the Middle East, there is a tradition whereby a rapist can escape prosecution if he marries his victim, thereby restoring her honour. There is a similar injunction in the Old Testament’s Book of Deuteronomy

Morocco updated its family code in 2004 in a landmark improvement of the situation of women, but activists say there’s still room for improvement.

In cases of rape, the burden of proof is often on the victim and if she can’t prove she was attacked, a woman risks being prosecuted for debauchery.

‘In Morocco, the law protects public morality but not the individual,’ said Assouli, adding that legislation outlawing all forms of violence against women, including rape within marriage, has been stuck in the government since 2006.

According to the father’s interview, the girl was accosted on the street and raped when she was 15, but it was two months before she told her parents.

He said the court pushed the marriage, even though the perpetrator initially refused. He only consented when faced with prosecution. The penalty for rape is between five and 10 years in prison, but rises to 10 to 20 in the case of a minor.

He said Amina complained to her mother that her husband was beating her repeatedly during the five months of marriage but that her mother counselled patience.

A Facebook page called ‘We are all Amina Filali’ has been formed and an online petition calling for Morocco to end the practice of marrying rapists and their victims has already gathered more than 1,000 signatures.

The incident throws more light on the way women are treated in Islamic countries.

Last year a woman in Afghanistan, 21-year-old Gulnaz, was jailed for ‘adultery by force’ after she was brutally raped by her husband’s cousin.

Her attacker was jailed for seven years for the crime that left her pregnant.

A global outrage saw the President of Afghanistan personally pardoning her and releasing her from Kabul’s Badam Bagh jail, with no pre-conditions.

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  • Christine_S

    Exactly how is it honorable to welcome a filthy rapist into your family? How proud the parents must have been when sharing with friends the details of the day their daughter first met her husband-to-be: “One day Amina was walking down the street (UNCHAPERONED!!) when she was “accosted and raped” by her beloved …..….”. Typical Muslim “love story” – how sweet.

  • CMartel

    The problem we here in the West face is trying to reconcile our 21st century values with the behavior of ignorant primitives still caught up with a cult from the 7th century.  The renaissance which started in Italy spread north into all of Europe but never gained any hold on cultures in the Middle East and South Asia.  While Europe (and later North America) evolved our current value systems those societies poisoned by islam remained trapped in ignorance and did not.  I’m sure that many, if not the vast majority of muslims see nothing wrong with what happened to Amina.  It doesn’t mean that what happened was right, it’s just the way islam is.  

  • Plumbline

    They need the Light of the Gospel of Christ to set them free from there barbaric ways. We take our so called enlightened culture in the West for granted. It is rooted in Christianity and Judaism. We now have a form of godliness, but deny the power behind it. Let us examine our ways and return to the Lord……………..

    Hosea 6:1   Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up.

  • aali

    Excuse me…..this is not the Islam….there is no such laws in Islam for women to marry the rapist….this is not Islam,excuse me….Islam gives most respect and honor to the women..n