May 31, 2020

Arab Winter Watch: Moroccan Girl Commits Suicide After Forced Marriage to Rapist

Via al Arabiya:

A 16-year-old Moroccan girl has committed suicide after a judge ordered her to marry her rapist, according to Moroccan media reports. Last year Amina’s parents filed charges against their daughter’s rapist, a man 10 years older than her but it was only recently that a judge in the northern city of Tangier decided that instead of punishing him, the two must be married. The court’s decision to forcibly marry Amina to her rapist was supposed to “resolve” the damage of sexual violation against her, but it led to more suffering in the unwelcoming home of her rapist/husband’s family. Traumatized by the painful experience of rape, Amina decided to end her life by consuming rat poison in the house of her husband’s family, according to the Moroccan daily al-Massae. According to the newspaper, this type of forced marriage is rooted in local rural traditions to safeguard the honor of girls who are raped. . .

So, so sick and wrong. . . — Greg Pollowitz


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