Protesters rally against Morocco rape-marriage law after teen suicide Matthew Pomy at 11:32 AM ET
[JURIST] Protesters in Morocco rallied Saturday to call for reform of a law that prohibits punishing rapists of minors if they marry their victims. Moroccan Penal Code [text, French] Article 475, along with provisions that allow judges to require marriage in situations of rape, has been the subject of harsh criticism since a minor was forced to marry her rapist and subsequently committed suicide [AFP report]. The article, translated from French, reads:
When a minor removed or diverted married her captor, the latter can not be prosecuted on the complaint of persons entitled to apply for annulment of marriage and can not be sentenced until after the cancellation of marriage has been pronounced.
This section has been used to exonerate rapists who marry their victims after the fact, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the marriage.
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