Forcing Women to Marry Their Rapists

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While American progressives remain in high dudgeon over a woman’s “right” to “free” government-provided contraception, a genuine woman’s rights issue has been unfolding in Morocco. In Larache, near the city of Tangiers, 16-year-old Amina Filali committed suicide after she was forced by a judge to marry. Whom did the judge force her to marry? Her rapist. “The prosecutor advised my daughter to marry, he said ‘go and make the marriage contract,'” said Lahcen Filali, the girl’s father. Thus, once again the wonders of Sharia-based jurisprudence are revealed.

This outrage is actually codified. Article 475 of the Moroccan penal code states that a rapist may be exonerated of his crime if he marries his victim. In Morocco, rape is punishable by five to ten years in prison, but the sentence doubles to ten to twenty years if the victim is a minor. The law is designed to protect the honor of the family, which is considered stained when a woman loses her virginity prior to getting married. Marrying one’s rapist simultaneously “restores” that honor and exonerates the rapist of his crime.

Incredibly, the 26-year-old attacker initially refused to marry his victim, and only relented when faced with prosecution. Perhaps his reluctance was bolstered by the reality that, in many cases of reported sexual misconduct, Moroccan law puts the burden of proof on the victim. If a woman can’t prove she was attacked, she risks being prosecuted for debauchery.

Apparently Amina Filali, raped a year earlier at the age of 15, couldn’t cope with such “reasonableness.” On March 10th, she swallowed rat poison to escape her court-mandated fate. According to local media reports, the girl had complained to her mother that her husband/rapist “beat her repeatedly” during the five months they were married. It was further reported that her own family disowned her as a result of those complaints. As for the girl’s husband, witnesses told the media he became so outraged upon discovering she drank poison, that he dragged her down the street by her hair. She died shortly afterward.

Thankfully, this travesty has sparked outrage. Activists in Morocco have set up a Facebook group called “We are all Amina Filali.” It has almost 2,200 members. A petition has garnered more than 1,000 signatures, and a Twitter account was established using the hashtag #RIPAmina. Twitter contributer and women’s rights activist Abadila Maaelaynine encapsulated the essence of the protest. “Amina, 16, was triply violated, by her rapist, by tradition, and by Article 475 of the Moroccan law,” she wrote.

Abdelaziz Nouaydi, who runs the Adala Assocation for legal reform, explained that 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 he also offered a cultural reality check, noting that the victim and/or her family will acquiesce to such an arrangement out of fear a woman will never be able to find a husband if it becomes known that she was raped.

Fouzia Assouli, president of Democratic League for Women’s Rights, countered that such arrangements are “a recurring phenomenon,” which is why activists have demanded a repeal of Article 475, a law that “allows the rapist to escape justice.” She further notes the peculiar aspects of such laws. “In Morocco, the law protects public morality but not the individual,” she contended, adding that legislation outlawing all forms of violence against women, including rape within marriage, has been stuck in legal limbo since 2006.

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  • Bamaguje

    “In Morocco, the law protects public morality but not the individual” – Fouzia Assouli.

    Can some explain to me how a law that allows rapists to go scot free and punishes their victims by forced marriage protects "public morality"?
    What kind of absurd 'public morality' is that?

    • Whatsinaname

      Uh, that would be Islamic public morality. Hint: take everything you know to be moral, turn it upside down and you have Muslim public morality. Take everything you know to be immoral, cruel, unjust, outrageous and you have "morality" in Muslim lands. This my friend is the very essence of Sharia and Islamic culture.

    • kafir4life

      It's just islam. islam is just a gutter cult. It was invented by a pedophilic madman named mohamat. It's disgusting, and there is nothing good about it. That's their version of "morality".

  • davarino

    The Arch Bishop is a boob and so is anyone else who proposes such nonsense. What is it that made the West so great? It wasnt by adopting every back woods, third world country's philosophies and jurisprudence. There should be no mixing or adulterating what we have in the West with anything else. And if the immigrant doesnt like it then they can go home.

  • maturin20

    Can someone explain to me why Arnold Ahlert has any business governing the social mores of Morocco?

    • Zionista

      you're too stupid to understand – and you probably have no clue as to why the gutless wonders in the "women's' movement" don't have the nerve to confront the real enemy of women worldwide – SHARIA – but then again, you're used to women (and men) wearing robes and hoods.

      • maturin20

        I am?

    • Whatsinaname

      Arnold Ahlert is not governing the laws of Morocco. He doesn't live in Morocco, nor is he their ruler or any member of their government or ruling party. He wrote an article about what happened there. He has every right to do that, you idiot! Get a life!

      • maturin20

        Really? It seems to me like he is trying to make himself Grand Vizeer, Prime Minister, and Exchequer of Morocco.

  • DrBukk

    Would the multiculturists feel that the Aztec religion is just as valid as Islam? They ripped out the hearts of teenagers chosen for their beauty. Threw them down the steps of their pyramids. Some were thrown in cenotes. They killed quetzals for tail feathers FCS!

  • Creature of haste

    For the record, the penal code in Morocco stipulates that indecent acts perpetrated or attempted without violence over a child under 18 years, carry from 2 to 5 years of imprisonment (article 484); indecent acts perpetrated or attempted with violence against a minor of less than 18 years of age, carry form 10 to 20 years of imprisonment (article 485) – furthermore, if the indecent act against females under 18 years of age causes the loss of virginity, the crime will be punished with 20 – 30 years of imprisonment (article 485 – 486).

    In Morocco the age of consent is set at 18 (tied to wedlock); however, in "justified cases" the marriageable age can be reduced. In rural areas especially, it's common for young teens (under 18) of appropriate age to wed. Keeping things in perspective, in parts of Europe the age of consent is as low as 15 (France, Denmark, Sweden, Greece), & in other parts, lower (Germany, 14; Italy, 14; Spain, 13). Furthermore, article 475 does not exonerate rapists, rather the article deals strictly with cases of statutory rape (intercourse with anyone under the age of 18) wherein the courts would judge according to evidence (as with all court cases) and might only exonerate the adult party by way of marriage along the premise that the minor was consenting, is adjudged to be of sufficient age and that all relevant parties would settle for marriage. (The premise made in accordance with articles 484 – 486).

  • Whatsinaname

    It is a good idea to keep bringing these incidents to light in the West. However, we all have seen that in honor killings committed both in the West and Islamic countries, the mother is involved in the killing. Muslim women are active supporters of Sharia, establishing the Caliphate, intimidation of non-muslims here at universities and in Islamic, jihad-supporting organizations throughout the world. It is unlikely that Muslim women will ever be able to connect the dots that the culture which supports injustice against them enables and supports injustice agains non-muslims.

  • Ghostwriter

    Forcing a woman to marry her rapist? That's vile! Can't Maturin20 realize that something like THAT is wrong and SHOULD be condemned. What world is HE living in?

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  • W. C. Taqiyya

    Even young, female Muslim victims are stronger than all the western feminist posers put together. That unyielding strength is why their brutal culture is winning. It will take much more than smart bombs, slogans or U.N. resolutions to stop them. It's a kill or be killed world baby, the zombies are here.

  • JakeTobias

    I think the reason western feminists do not talk about sharia law, is because they do not want liberal males to find out there is no such thing as martial rape under sharia.

  • John Genovese

    Deuteronomy 22:28 – 29 says that a raped woman must marry her rapist. Looks like the only difference between christians and muslims is that these muslims actually obey their holy book. Imagine that.

    • someone

      If you actually read the Bible, you would know we don't have to follow that rule anymore. It's been like 2,000+ years since that's been abolished when Jesus died….

      really ignorant statement…