Sixteen Year Old Moroccan Girl Commits Suicide After Being Forced To Marry Older Man Who Raped Her

We have yet another tragedy in the Arab world where a 16 year old Moroccan girl committed suicide in Morocco after being forced to marry her rapist — a man ten years her senior. The girl’s parents filed charges against the man but the court ruled that rather than punishing the man, he should marry his rape victim.

The forced marriage led to further abuse at the hands of the man and his family. The girl finally could take no more abuse and consumed rat poison to end her misery.

The Moroccan penal code exempts a rapist from punishment if he agrees to marry his victim.

The case obviously disgusts anyone with an ounce of humanity. The imposition of these medieval, misogynistic laws vividly demonstrates the divide with many Muslim nations. To call this a judge or a court is itself absurd. These are extensions of religious institutions — imposing oppressive conditions on women and girls. The thought of this child being forced to endure this abuse is truly horrific.

Source: AL Arabiya

48 thoughts on “Sixteen Year Old Moroccan Girl Commits Suicide After Being Forced To Marry Older Man Who Raped Her”

  1. let the entire world condemn this. it is sad that some members of this modern world still act in that barbaric way.

  2. Good conversation y’all,
    And good hustle Idealist7. One would think you’re Moroccan….hahah
    But seriously, it is refreshing to see many people face this bad habit of ours, which tends to make us wanna see bad things in others to valorize ourselves. When exaggerated, it leads to a very binary (good and evil) frame of thinking. It prevents from seeing greatness in others. I’ve seen a lot of it.
    And yes ThinkoftheChildren, Arabs may have insecurities they need to work on about their manhood. But we sure do have our weaknesses when it comes to good and evil. We’re always ready to flatten a country just for thinking that our intentions might not be all pure. That’s insecurity for me…

  3. TotC,
    I ain’t going there. Keep your prejudices. Ain’t no changing them. Bye.

    As for being raped being a stain on honor, here the culture, intra-familial interpreted, means only contacting men approved by the parents and the brothers. of course that’s loosening up now. That was the case when the victim became a national women’s rights idol, with a annual celebration in her honor.
    One young man met what he thought might be his in-laws to ask´to continue court her. He got held down by the mother in the sofa, while the brother poured oil from the stove down his throat.

    But I still will not condemn then as cultures or countries. That stinks of xenophobia to me. You all know where I stand, I believe—-if you read my comments, which I can’t presume.

    But TotC is a suspected troll in my book.

    Do you believe as we do in Sweden, that trolls dissolve in daylight—-or was that dracula et al. Anyway, ours goes around in mid-winter, with his lantern, and has a poem in his honor.

    Just to conclude with an improbable tale, some 30+ years ago, my lady friend, her young teenaged daughter and I were strolling a beautiful day in Haga Parken.
    Whether it was the sight of the Arab boy her age or the sight of the lake shore , she quickly stripped, hopped in, and came out laughing.
    The arabic boy stood there transfixed, Had he come to Paradise, was this a houri, one of the 48 virgins?
    He didn’t get a chance to find out.
    From the confidences she later revealed to this “uncle”, hadn’t I been there, maybe he would have. End of Story.

  4. idealist, I just like to cook with harissa. You only get bonus points if you don’t have to look it up.

  5. SwM,
    Are you Moroccan? Just joking. very impressive. so i can stop beating my drum. But maybe you are a former CIA arabian translator in the analysis division?????? They have offices all over the US according to Ishmael Jones book. Read him?

    Re this: So two wrongs make a right.
    The family honor is the big thing, although here, it would appear to be the prosecution who screwed up (sorry for the analogy).

    Perfect clip. Shows as usual, when it’s good reporting, the complication of the real world slaps us in the face.

    Would someone rape the King’s niece or granddaughter, please?

    Wasn’t it Cheney’s daughter who helped the closet people?

    No, really, you always surprise me. The ladies have more that one can of insect spray in their accoutrement for the pestering/festering ones.


  6. @ Idealitst: ” Did we check to see what the liberal muslim Moroccan take was on this tragedy?” Yes we did check, because it was a Moroccan Judge who forced the girl to marry her rapist. Yes Morocco is “Middle Eastern” in it’s culture, and it is a culture that is horrifically misogynistic and homophobic, which is a sign that they are culturally insecure in their manhood. Their insecurity leads them to wildly attack anything that might possibly cast a doubt on their manliness.

    The girl did the right thing, tragic as is was. If most of the women oppressed by these pseudo-men had her courage, that failed culture would die out for lack of children. The world would be a better place.

  7. 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 Tuesday night.

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

    Filali said Amina complained to her mother that her husband was beating her repeatedly during the five months of marriage but that her mother counseled 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.

  8. Blouise,
    Well, there’s no doubt which walking wounded deserve the sniper fire.
    Guess that’ll get the NSA’s attention. Shall I write Obama, Obama, Obama, and see if the SS shuts me down. Don’t challenge fate old man, someone just told me.

  9. id707,

    Good lord no. I don’t want to be the founding father of anything!

    Better to stand behind the lines taking potshots at the wounded as they return from battle. (yeah, I’m being snarky but not at you)

  10. id707,

    We all disagree with JT from time to time. Hero worshipers be damned!

  11. SwM,
    According to Nasser, the jewish population is about 30 percent, the berbers about 20 percent (St Augustine was berber on his mother’s side), and even the arabs are a highly mixed ethnic group.

    Different religious fractions drove them—we never had that problem in Europe, peace reigned always. Irony, need I say?

    Lucky you, eating ´there in Paris. Ahhh, me! Vous parlez bien Francais, n’est ce pas?
    Hey, that might have been Denmark—now am confused. Vous avez des amis en Danemark? Ou en France? Ou les deux?
    Pardon my conceit showing off my poor French.

  12. I mean, can you imagine that I have not only challenged Mike S, and Gene H., as well as others, but now inferred that the great JT used “guilt by association” and is coding “hate sharia judged societies.”. Now that requires some stupidity—had it since 2nd grade, all my life. I guess you could call it reflexive behaviour.

    You should hear the tales. Another time.

  13. idealist707. We had a Moroccan cabdriver in Denmak. He gave us a quick assessment of the situation there regarding Muslims, and it has always stuck with me. Morocco is a north African country that has a diversified population. You are right that not all Muslims share these extremist religious views and that not all Moroccans are Muslim. Paris has had a huge influx of Jews from Morocco. We ate in a Moroccan kosher restaurant.

  14. Mike A.
    Thank you for answering, and not just walking away. Very fine of you.
    Sorry, recovering from a lifetime of low self-esteem. Been that way since????
    Now the question is, how could I have phrased it so that I did not attack you, thus practically guaranteeing a snark in reply. And have dared bare my poor self-esteem, and asked if I am not worthy of praise. Still hard to do, only 3 weeks practicing—-really, it’s true.
    Thank for the kind reply.
    Every failure does not guarantee a bettering—-unfortunately, as we all know.

  15. idealist707:

    Sorry. LOL. And I actually read your comment first. But you need not be prickly. I’m not aware of any personal conflicts, but I’ve been tied up with work lately and have hardly had time to read the postings on this site, let alone comment on them. I’m still trying to catch up on some great topics.

  16. Mike A.
    And thank you for not giving me the kudo for being the first skeptic
    to have the courage to disagree with Professor Turley.
    Although my contribution may be poorly based in terms of references,
    it is still of great importance to dare to be the first to stick ones head up and risk getting it chopped off.

    But maybe you have a personal conflict with me (which I’ve forgotten) which prevents you mentioning my name with praise.

    No matter, “I will survive”.

  17. Thank you, Keith and joseph eisinger, for helping to put this incident into perspective.

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