The Moroccan government has said it plans to change a law that allows rapists to avoid charges if they marry their victims.
The move comes nearly a year after 16-year-old girl committed suicide after being forced to marry her alleged rapist.
Women's rights activists on Tuesday welcomed Justice Minister Mustapha Ramid's announcement, but said it was only a first step in reforming a penal code that does not do enough to stop violence against women in this North African kingdom.
A paragraph in Article 475 of the penal code allows those convicted of "corruption" or "kidnapping" of a minor to go free if they marry their victim and the practice has been encouraged by judges to spare family shame.
The suicicde of a teenager forced to marry her alleged rapist triggered protests and calls for legal reform [AP]
Following significant advocacy by WLP Morocco/ADFM and other Moroccan women’s rights organizations, on January 8, 2014, the Moroccan Parliament finally adopted the draft law to amend article 475 of the Criminal /penal Code, which allowed rapists to escape prosecution if they married their victim. This article has mainly been used to justify the traditional practice of pressuring the victim to marry her rapist in the name of “preserving the honor of the girl’s family.” This new amendment removes the second paragraph of the article, lifting the immunity of the rapist and preventing him from marrying his victim.
تحت ضغط المنظمات الحقوقية والعديد من النساء في المغرب هاهي الحكومة تعتزم سن قانون جديد يهدف للحد من ظاهرة التحرش الجنسي. وإن رحب العديد من المغاربة بهذه الخطوة، إلا أنهم اعتبروه غير كاف إذا لم يرتبط بتغييرات في المجتمع
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