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OUTRAGE as 16-yr old Moroccan girl commits suicide after Islamic judge ordered her to marry her rapist

OUTRAGE as 16-yr old Moroccan girl commits suicide after Islamic judge ordered her to marry her rapist

OUTRAGE as 16-yr old Moroccan girl commits suicide after Islamic judge ordered her to marry her rapist.

By Chido Nwangwu. 

Special to USAfricaonline.com,  the USAfrica-powered e-groups of  Nigeria360IgboEventsUNNalumni,  and CLASSmagazine Houston. Follow us at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido and Twitter.com/Chido247

OUTRAGE as 16-yr old Moroccan girl commits suicide after Islamic judge ordered her to marry her rapist

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USAfrica: The breaking news of a 16-year-old Moroccan girl (Amina Filali) who committed suicide after a judge ordered her to marry her rapist has set off swift and sweeping reactions inside the north African Islamic country and outside the kingdom.

Reports from Morocco by the daily al-Massae say that the young Amina swallowed rat poison on Saturday March 10, 2012 in a deadly protest of her refusal to become the “wife” of the same criminal “man” who who raped her in 2011.

USAfricaonline.com has also seen several tweets, Facebook page and web protests and petitions condemning the judge in the country’s northern city of Tangier who gave the oppressive order that Amina Filali should become the wife of the rapist. He is 10 years older than Amina.

The same year of the rape, Amina’s parents who were horrified and embarrassed by the violent crime filed charges against their daughter’s rapist. After almost a year long delay, the judge chose to order both of them married rather than directly punish and impose sanctions against the rapist.

Some Moroccan analysts have referenced that article 475 of the penal code of the kingdom of Morocco which permits the “kidnapper” of a minor/under-aged to marry his victim to escape prosecution. This clause has also been used by some Moroccans to make the controversial argument for a rapist to marry his victim, they claim, in order “to preserve the honor and dignity of the woman’s family.” al-Massae noted that local rural traditions have added to the use of the controversial article 475 of the penal code.

On the other hand, Hafida Elbaz, director of the Women’s Solidarity Association of Morocco was quoted in al-Massae as noting that the Islamic code allows offenders and criminals an opportunity to avoid punishment.

The President of Democratic League for Women’s Rights Fouzia Assouli adds that the problem “is unfortunately a recurring phenomenon…. We have been asking for years for the cancellation of Article 475 of the penal code which allows the rapist to escape justice.”

Meanwhile, Amina’s father Lahcen Filali has revealed in an interview on goud.ma that ‘The prosecutor advised my daughter to marry, he said ‘go and make the marriage contract.”

Most of their concerns and revulsion to this issue was captured by a tweet by an activist Abadila Maaelaynine who wrote: “Amina, 16, was triply violated, by her rapist, by tradition and by Article 475 of the Moroccan law.”

A Facebook page raising more pressure on this issue is drawing a lot of interest and reviews; and it is called “We are all Amina Filali.”

USAfrica news index show that Amina’s case has escalated the popular demand by millions of Moroccans for major changes to the country’s strict Islamic penal codes and inadequate remedy for many aspects of human rights especially regarding women.
• Chido Nwangwu is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com;  and recipient of several journalism and public policy awards was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. He served as adviser on Africa business to Houston’s former Mayor Lee Brown.

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