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Protect Women's Rights and Stop Child Marriage in Morocco

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Morocco will soon vote to amend a law that would allow rapists to escape punishment by marrying their underage victims and increase the punishment for "corruption" of a minor. A proposed change in family law would also end child marriage: although the

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Gillian M (218)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 12:41 pm
Morocco will soon vote to amend a law that would allow rapists to escape punishment by marrying their underage victims and increase the punishment for “corruption” of a minor. A proposed change in family law would also end child marriage: although the legal age for marriage is 18 in Morocco, judges can still authorize marriages of minors. Urge the Minister of Justice to pass the proposed amendments and implement these changes immediately.

Article 475 of Morocco’s Penal Code once allowed a “kidnapper” to be exempt from punishment if his underage victim married him. In 2012, 16-year-old Amina al-Filali killed herself after being forced to marry her rapist. Months later, 15-year-old Safae, who became pregnant after her rape, attempted suicide twice after a judge allegedly urged her to marry her rapist. After public outcry from advocacy groups worldwide, the Moroccan Ministry of Justice and Liberties approved an amendment to the Penal Code that would end this exemption. A separate change in family law would no longer allow a judge to authorize marriages of girls under the age of 18.

Even if these amendments are voted in, Morocco differentiates the rape of a virgin and the rape of a non-virgin, with stiffer penalties for “corruption” or “deflowering.” Approximately half of all rape in Morocco occurs within a marriage. The Penal Code needs urgent reform, and it must begin with the amendments approved by the Ministry of Justice and Liberties.

Soon, the Moroccan Parliament will vote on these amendments. Urge the Speaker of the House of Representatives to pass the proposed amendments and take the first steps toward reform for women’s rights in Morocco.

Sign the Petition:

Jay S (116)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 12:51 pm
way past time to change this old tribal practice. Because Mohammed himself "married" and had sex with 6 y-o Aisha it is accepted in Islam for dirty old pedophiles to continue to rape little girls, even causing their agonizing deaths. Islam must reform and come into the 21st century, shedding all of its doctrines of hate and commands for killing along with awful human rights abuses like this.

Thanks for posting this. We signed happily. Let us hope it does some good!

Carola May (20)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 12:52 pm
signed hopefully, thank you for posting this.

Darren W (218)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 1:02 pm
Signed, noted and distributed... how accurate is this story of Mohammed marrying and having sex with a 6-year-old?

I think Islam, like all "organized" religion is increasingly corrupted by the people who read then misinterpret to reinforce and serve their own egoistic aims...

Gillian M (218)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 1:24 pm
Darren, sadly the story is true. Mohammed sexually abused Aisha from the age of 6 years and then forced her to have sex at the age of 9 while she was still playing with dolls.

Girls can be sexually abused from birth, the koran gives instructions on how to do so. Anal sex is also permitted. Girls are often married off from the age of 8 years old to dirty old men, forced to have babies at too young an age because it kills them or, if they survive, are damaged badly internally.

The Sex Life of the Prophet

Islam Permits Sex with One-Year-Old Girls

Sex with Slave-girls and Captive-women in Islam

pam w (139)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 1:46 pm
I'm reminded of the old pervert who recently suggested that infants should be in veils....

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 2:03 pm

Debbie G (306)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 2:31 pm
Gladly signed. This is such a despicable practice and a horrible injustice against the girls.

Stan B (123)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 3:45 pm
Signed of course. Is there any Muslim country where women have equal rights?

Jennifer Ward (40)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 5:06 pm
Cruel and inhuman. Societies ruled by these laws are barbaric and will never succeed or advance. Poor little girls and women are no better than playthings for perverts and rapists

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 5:33 pm
Signed with pleasure this must stop I shall share this

Beth S (330)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 8:26 pm
Thank you for that documentation, G.

Pam., you're talking about the majority of males in Saudi Arabia!

Tommy S (11)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 11:53 pm
well did the messenger of islam not state in his final sermon before he died (mhrih)
Women are like domestic animals they have nothing of their own,they spoil prayers , they are of reduced intelligence and the list goes on and on.

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 1:04 am
Noted and signed

Candy B (29)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 3:02 am
Thanks Signed & Tweeted

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 4:46 am
Signed and noted. Thanks.

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 6:49 am
Def S+S-thx!

Ben O (150)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 7:28 am
Done. I believe I signed yesterday as well...

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 7:19 pm
signed and thanks Rose for sharing

Sunday June 16, 2013, 7:41 pm
Signed, thanks.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 7:49 pm

Jody B (6)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 8:01 pm

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 8:19 pm
Signed. Let girls go to school so they something in case they have to raise their children alone. The men have all that.

Nichole L (69)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 8:34 pm
Signed, G. Thank you.

Marie W (67)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 9:05 pm
So Islamic...

Lori M (18)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 9:06 pm
It's not enough these children have suffered the trauma of rape now they are to suffer a lifetime of torment and pain by the person that inflicted this on them to begin with .This is an atrocity! I pray the amendments pass.

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 10:22 pm

I'm a Survivor, I will always jump to help in any case remotely simillar to this!


Shawna S (45)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 10:27 pm
noted and signed....Thanks :")

Henrik Thorsen (31)
Monday June 17, 2013, 12:58 pm

P. L. Neola (21)
Monday June 17, 2013, 1:08 pm
I signed the petition, and it was recorded!

However, was it not a few months ago that we read an article about a very young girl brutally murdered by her husband’s family?

Remember, she was raped very young by a man who escaped his rape charges by marrying her.

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday June 17, 2013, 4:09 pm
Signed & noted. Thank you, G.

Birgit W (160)
Monday June 17, 2013, 7:57 pm
Outrageous, signed.

Scott haakon (4)
Monday June 17, 2013, 10:31 pm
We must be careful and understand not every culture is that of the US. Because in our technological society we have values that are useful in our situation but have very adverse consequences in other cultures.

Inge B (202)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 12:14 am
Love and Peace

ER C (65)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 8:56 pm

Mari Garcia (51)
Monday June 24, 2013, 5:51 pm

Melania P (122)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 2:16 pm
So signed and shared everywhere!!! Thank you so much for this petition, it seems those people live in medieval times, poor girls!! ;((

Helen Porter (39)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 5:26 pm
A child forced to marry the fiend who raped her!!!

What horror is this.

Yvonne F (181)
Monday July 1, 2013, 7:01 am
So signed!!!! Thanks G.M.
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