16-Year Old Moroccan Girl Commits Suicide After Being Forced To Marry Her Rapist
This heart wrenching story has instigated an outrage in Morocco. A sixteen year old girl recently committed suicide after being forced to marry her rapist.
There has been countless people expressing their thoughts through social media over the tragedy.
16-year-old Amina Filali, swallowed rat poison this past Saturday to rebel against her marriage to her rapist. He had violated her last year.
According to the Huffington Post, “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 honor of the woman’s family.”
Activist Abadila Maaelaynine tweeted, “Amina, 16, was triply violated, by her rapist, by tradition and by Article 475 of the Moroccan law.”
Amina’s father claimed that the court advised the family to force the marriage upon her.
In many societies in the Middle East rape takes away the honor from a family. Thus, marrying the rapist restores the honor.
Rape was also the most gruesome weapon used in many of the revolutions in the Middle East in the past year. Especially in countries like, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and now Syria.
To read more about Moroccan laws and tradition regarding this issue read HERE!