TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE, MISOGYNY, SUICIDE
A 16-year old Morocco girl has reportedly killed herself after a judge ordered her to marry the man that raped her.
The teen, known only as Amina, ate rat poison after the Tangier judge ruled that her 26-year-old rapist could marry her instead of going to jail, according to the the Moroccan publication al-Massae.
The ruling came after Amina’s family asked the court to punish the man. The paper said that Amina committed suicide at the home of her husband’s family.
Under Moroccan law, a rapist may be exempted from punishment if he agrees to marry his victim. Local tradition holds that forcible marriage protects the honor of the woman who is raped.
Women’s Solidarity Association director Hafida Elbaz has called for the penal code to be updatedso that rapists cannot avoid sanctions.
It’s not just local tradition. Remember all those politicians who think that women and girls should be forced to give birth to their rapists’ babies? The truth is, societies all over the world enforce rape culture due to systemic misogyny. In the US, only 1 in 16 rapists will ever serve a day in jail.
I’ve seen some conservative media go all “OMG MUSLIMS ARE EVIL THEY FORCE GIRLS TO MARRY THEIR RAPISTS!!!1!” Well, they really shouldn’t throw stones. Their glass houses might crack.
But this story is so fucking sad.
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This is wrong on so many levels; I’d appreciate it if you would all do what you can to spread the word about this. This kind of thing can’t be allowed to continue.
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