A 17-year-old girl was brutally gang-raped by a group of 8 Muslim men only to watch as a judge released her attackers on bail. So, when she realized that the justice system wasn’t going to protect her, the devastated victim decided to take gruesome matters into her own hands.
At 99.9 percent Muslim, Morocco is one of the most concentrated Muslim-majority countries on earth. Of course, this translates into all the barbarity of Sharia law, including the inhumane punishments often given to victims and lenient sentences handed down to heinous offenders. In fact, just weeks ago a couple was arrested for sharing a kiss in public during Ramadan, a serious criminal offense that involves breaking their Islamic fast with sexual relations. Now, they’re facing 6 months in prison and a hefty fine.
Likewise, another innocent civilian has been further victimized as a result of the country’s backward religious laws. A 17-year-old girl, who remains unnamed due to the nature of the attack, had placed the last sliver of hope in the Moroccan Sharia court in Ben Guerir, expecting that the Islamic judge would dispense justice. Unfortunately, not only did the council refrain from giving the depraved rapists a proper sentence, they released the 8 men on an insignificant bail.
Ecstatic at their newfound freedom, the men went after the girl again, this time threatening to upload video footage of the gang rape to social media. Traumatized from watching her rapists walk free and devastated at the thought of being publicly shamed,she grabbed a container of flammable liquid and set herself alight in the middle of a public street in the city’s center, the Daily Mail reports. Shocked onlookers desperately attempted to save the girl, putting out the flames and rushing her to a nearby hospital.
The girl suffered such horrific burns to most of her body that she later died from her injuries on Tuesday. Her death has caused outrage among humanitarians and women’s rights activists who are pointing out the flaws in an Islamic governance.
Omar Arbib, a member of a human rights organization in Marrakech, told reporters that the men had made it known that they had recorded the gang rape and planned on posting it online.
Authorities confirmed that 7 of the men are infamous drug traffickers and that the eighth man was arrested after he was caught abusing a little boy 2 months after the others.
The girl most likely took her own life due to a combination of fear that her attackers would come after her again and shame of no longer being a virgin in an Islamic society. Muslim families are such staunch believers in presenting their daughters as pure for marriage that they too often slaughter their own family members in a bid to avenge any disgrace.
Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide and many of these are motivated by what they consider sexual sin. If these young women are not killed to restore a perverted sense of family honor, they are sometimes forced to marry their own rapists.
In 2012, 16-year-old Amina Filali killed herself after being forced to marry her rapist. The prosecutor had convinced Amina’s father that he should marry her to the attacker because they believed she would never be wanted by any man.
Islamic courts often allow rapists to escape punishment if they decide to marry their victims. This results not only in revictimization of women but also child marriage, as some of the victims are minors. Their fate is typically placed in the hands of the men who abused them.
In other cases, a rape victim may be punished in place of her attacker if she cannot provide sufficient evidence that she was raped. This evidence includes having several male witnesses, as the worth of a woman is half of a man, according to Quran 2:282. The punishment for a woman who is raped but cannot produce witnesses is outlined in other scriptures. READ MORE