Following the shocking verdict, the “Spring of Dignity” coalition organised a sit-in as a protest. Members of Generation G Morocco heeded this call and raised their voices at last week’s demonstration in front of the Palace of Justice in Rabat. They expressed deep indignation at the leniency of the penalties for such a reprehensible crime and demanded a comprehensive reform of the penal code to better protect victims of sexual violence, especially minors.
Ghizlane Mamouni, president of the association Kif Mama Kif Baba, will be featured on Dutch current affairs programme Nieuwsuur on Saturday 15 April. In her interview she explains that this is not an isolated case. The fact that the sentence is so low, shows how patriarchal the judges and society are. They hope raising awareness will ultimately lead to reforms of the criminal law.
The Moroccan penal code states that a rapist of a minor can be sentenced to 10 or 20 years in prison. That sentence can be increased to 30 years if the victim is a virgin.