Published: Mar 16, 2012 02:18 Updated: Mar 16, 2012 02:18
RABAT: Moroccan rights activists have increased pressure on the government to scrap laws that allow rapists to marry their victims after a 16-year-old girl killed herself.
The teenager committed suicide after being forced to marry her rapist, who wed his victim in a bid to beat the system and evade prison. Amina Al Filali, 16, drank rat poison last week in Larache, near Tangiers in the north, said Fouzia Assouli, president of Moroccos Democratic League for Womens Rights. The girls rapist had sought to escape prison by invoking an article of the penal code which he claimed would exonerate him if the rape victim was his wife.