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Girl kills self after judge forces her to marry rapist
« on: March 14, 2012, 08:02:42 PM »
Quote from: Gianluca Mezzofiore
A 16-year-old Moroccan girl has committed suicide after being forced to marry her rapist.

The victim, known only as Amina, killed herself by swallowing rat poison. The suicide came a year after she was reportedly raped by a 25-year-old man. Her family agreeded with a civil court ruling that she should marry her rapist to preserve their honour.

The practice, which is still common in some parts of the Arab world, is reinforced by a Moroccan law that allows anyone who abuses a female minor to receive immunity from criminal charges if they marry the girl.

Women's rights group in Morocco including the Alternative Movement for Individual Freedoms have repeatedly lobbied against the law known as Article 475.

The Saudi-based television station Al Arabiya initially reported that Amina's parents filed charges against their daughter's rapist, but a judge in Tangier ruled in favour of marriage rather than punishing him, despite Moroccan laws forbidding forced marriage.

"From what I have read in Moroccan family law, a woman cannot be forced into marriage," Egyptian Baseem Sabry said. "Thus, more likely, the family judge recommended marriage as a solution and Amina's parents forced her to accept. A tragedy."
"So then, stand firm and hold to the traditions :o which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter" (2 Thessalonians 2:15).