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Women’s rights protests in Morocco

Issue No. 2295

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Morocco against laws which can force women to marry their rapists.

The law states that a rapist can marry a teenage victim to escape prosectution and to restore the woman’s “honour”.

The laws have been long-hated, but the protests come in response to the death of 16 year old Amina Filali. Amina killed herself with rat poison last week after she was severely beaten during a forced marriage to her rapist. Her parents attended the protest in the capital Rabat.

Protesters are now calling for the trial judge who ordered the marriage to be imprisoned.

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Tue 20 Mar 2012, 18:10 GMT
Issue No. 2295
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