According to El Arabiya, a Tangier judge ordered a 16-year-old rape victim to marry the man who raped her:

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.

The Moroccan penal code provision that exempts a rapist from punishment if he agrees to marry his victim – a tradition allegedly intended to safeguard the honor of girls who are raped – in fact shifts the sentence from perpetrator to victim.  El Arabiya reports that many Moroccans, outraged by the ruling, are demanding action against the judge.

READ MORE: Moroccan girl commits suicide after being forced to marry her rapist, El Arabiya (14 March 2012).

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