allowing rapists to marry victims to avoid trial

Allowing Rapists to Marry Victims to Avoid Trial, Law Amendment Soon

Allowing Rapists to Marry Victims to Avoid Trial

Legislators propose amending Moroccan law allowing rapists to marry victims to escape trial

Allowing Rapists to Marry Victims to Avoid Trial
Zohra Filali, mother

16 year-old Amina Filali, raped, beaten and forced to wed her rapist, killed herself — the only way she saw to escape the trap set for her by her rapist and Moroccan law. We’ve joined Moroccan activists, campaigning for years to repeal this provision, and now victory is within reach. This week, one last vote could make it happen.

Article 475 in Morocco’s penal code allows a rapist to avoid prosecution and a long prison sentence by marrying his victim if she is a minor. It’s any rape survivor’s worst nightmare, and for Amina, it came true. But now, after hundreds of thousands of us helped to push Parliament, a vote to repeal the provision is within our grasp. If it’s called, insiders say the repeal is certain to pass. We just need one final push to get it to the table.

Right now, there is almost no news coverage and no pressure on legislators to do the right thing. When our call is 1 million strong, we’ll place ads in the newspapers that MPs read and stand with Moroccan activists outside of Parliament with a sea of pink balloons representing the massive global response. Let’s honour Amina’s memory by ensuring her tragedy is never repeated. Click below to join now:

Allowing Rapists to Marry Victims to Avoid Trial

When Amina was brutally raped, her family reported it to officials in their town of Larache. Instead of prosecuting the rapist, the court allowed him the option of marrying his victim— and Amina’s family agreed to the proposal. After her suicide, Avaaz members stood with Amina’s heartbroken parents and Moroccan activists to deliver nearly 800.000 voices for reform, making international headlines. The government promised change but nothing happened — until now.

Article 475 isn’t the only challenge to women’s rights in Morocco, but has become a striking symbol of what’s wrong. The government has promised to pass comprehensive legislation to stop violence against women since 2006 and to strike down Article 475, but nothing changed while girls’ lives were destroyed.

Finally things are moving in the right direction, with the Justice Committee striking down the most problematic part of the article and passing the bill on to the entire Lower Chamber for a vote — if this issue is called, it’s very likely that Morocco will have a new law and Amina will see a kind of justice. This vote is the first crucial step to the real reform that women’s groups in Morocco have long fought for. Let’s seal the deal on 475 to demand that laws should protect, not trample on women’s rights:

From Afghanistan and India to Japan and Kenya, Avaaz members use our collective power to join with people around the globe to fight for women’s rights — today, let’s stand together for Amina Filali and the legacy of hope that her story must leave.

With hope and determination,

Dalia, Antonia, Emma, Marie, Rewan, Alex, Ricken and the entire Avaaz team

PS – Many Avaaz campaigns are started by members of our community! Start yours now and win on any issue – local, national or global:

More information:

Morocco set to repeal controversial rape section in penal code (Al Jazeera)

Morocco MPs Ask to End Rapist Marriage Law After Teen Suicide (Bloomberg)…

Morocco protest against rape-marriage law (BBC)

Morocco mulls tougher line against rape-marriages (Al Jazeera) 

Protesters in Morocco demand reform of rape laws after teen girl’s suicide (CNN) 

Global Rights report on violence against women in Morocco 


Allowing Rapists to Marry Victims to Avoid Trial

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15 thoughts on “Allowing Rapists to Marry Victims to Avoid Trial, Law Amendment Soon

  1. Hi Jeanne

    So glad I live in a country that we find this law so horrific. What was her parents even thinking to let the scumbag off. The last thing I would want would be for my daughter to face this low life everyday. He would never have respect for, as he never did in the first place. Definitely men rule that part of the world. For some reason they think it is their right to take something that doesn’t belong to them. Women are definitely the lowest form for them in that country or they would give them more respect. Sickening!

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    • I hear you, Mary. It is very difficult for me to imagine what it must be like for the women who live in countries where men have this sort of (no) regard for women. And you’re right — what were her parents thinking? It baffles me too. I appreciate your comment and heartfelt sentiments, Mary. Thank you, and I do hope you’ll visit again. Peace

    • So strange, isn’t it, Jay? Different cultures, different customs. Hopefully this is one custom that will no longer be legal. Thanks for your comments. I hope you’ll come back again to visit my blog.

    • Yes, Nate. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Punishing the rapist by forcing him to ‘keep’ the person he had absolutely no respect for in the first place. Wow. Thanks for stopping by, Nate. I appreciate you.

  2. i really pity this poor lady, and i believe justice should be done. i think you’ve said it all that rapists should be allowed to marry victims which should be the best thing to do. Thanks for this wonderful post.

    • It’s just awful, isn’t it, Jeanie? I can’t even imagine what her family must feel like now. Horrific all the way around. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog and leave a comment. Peace

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