Friday, March 16, 2012

Morocco: 16 year old rape victim kills self to prevent marriage to her rapist

The concept of redeeming family honor by having the rapist marry his victim is rooted in the Qur'an and is part of sharia law.  Western law and ethics cannot grasp this barbaric and disgusting concept, and it shouldn't.  This needs to be internationally condemned by all peoples and governments as being against basic human rights and values.  But since it is Islam, there will be no uproar or massed protests.  That would be Islamophobic.

From The Daily Mail March 14 by Lee Moran

Moroccans demand change to Islamic penal code after girl, 16, kills herself because judge forced her to marry her RAPIST

Angry Moroccans are demanding a change to the country's strict Islamic penal code after a 16-year-old girl killed herself after being forced to marry her rapist.

An online petition, a Facebook page and countless tweets expressed horror over the suicide of Amina Filali, who swallowed rat poison on Saturday in protest at her marriage to the man who raped her a year earlier.

Article 475 of the Moroccan penal code allows for the 'kidnapper' of a minor to marry his victim to escape prosecution, and it has been used to justify a traditional practice of making a rapist marry his victim to preserve the honour of the woman's family.

'Amina, 16, was triply violated, by her rapist, by tradition and by Article 475 of the Moroccan law,' tweeted activist Abadila Maaelaynine.

Abdelaziz Nouaydi, who runs the Adala Assocation for legal reform, said a judge can recommend marriage only in the case of agreement by the victim and both families.

'It is not something that happens a great deal - it is very rare,' he said, but admitted that the family of the victim sometimes agrees out of fear that she won't be able to find a husband if it is known she was raped.

Primitive cultures still think this way.  Islam is a primitive culture.

The marriage is then pushed on the victim by the families to avoid scandal, said Fouzia Assouli, 
president of Democratic League for Women's Rights.

'It is unfortunately a recurring phenomenon,' she said.'We have been asking for years for the cancellation of Article 475 of the penal code which allows the rapist to escape justice.'

The victim's father said in an interview with an online Moroccan newspaper that it was the court 
officials who suggested from the beginning the marriage option when they reported the rape.

Institutional subjugation of women's rights via Islam.

'The prosecutor advised my daughter to marry, he said 'go and make the marriage contract'," said Lahcen Filali in an interview that appeared on Tuesday night.

In many societies, the loss of a woman's virginity outside of wedlock is a huge stain of honour on the family.

In many parts of the Middle East, there is a tradition whereby a rapist can escape prosecution if he marries his victim, thereby restoring her honour. There is a similar injunction in the Old Testament's Book of Deuteronomy.

False analogy.  No leading voice of Christianity, Catholicism or Judaism calls for this type of penalty for rape, only Islam upholds this behavior as law.  

Morocco updated its family code in 2004 in a landmark improvement of the situation of women, but activists say there's still room for improvement.

Ya think?

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