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A Woman Should Not Have to Marry Her Rapist | Care2 Causes

A Woman Should Not Have to Marry Her Rapist | Care2 Causes

Some 200 woman activists rallied outside Morocco’s parliament building on Saturday to demand the repeal of a rape-marriage law. Under the law, article 475, a rapist is allowed to marry his victim if she is a minor so he can avoid prosecution. Families often agree to such a marriage because of strong social pressures: An unmarried woman losing her virginity is seen as bringing dishonor to her whole family. Morocco, and Algeria and Tunisia, grant the rapist the opportunity to avoid prison time by marrying their victims. Last Saturday, 16-year-old Amina Filali killed herself by swallowing rat poison after she was severely beaten in her marriage. Her death has sent “shockwaves” throughout Morocco, says AFP . On Thursday, 300 people had also staged a sit-in at the local court that approved her marriage. Amina was from Larache near Tangiers, a poor, rural area where it is simply...

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