The case of Khajida Akro covered the media in 2018, in which a 17-year-old girl, who was living in the Beni Mellal region, was kidnapped and then sold to the gang. A group of men held her for two months. During this time, she was tortured: she was raped and beaten, her access to food and sanitation was restricted, and her body was covered with tattoos.
Al-Shouf broadcast the material that affected the audience in September 2018. In the vision, the victim showed burns and disturbing tattoos and spoke of the horror she endured. In the end, the men agreed to release her on the condition that she “didn’t tell the police anything”. The 17-year-old was taken to the house in front of which she was kidnapped.
They imprisoned me for two months, raped and tortured me. I will never forgive them for this. Khadija said: They destroyed me.
13 people were charged in the case – 11 men were convicted, including. The practice of torture, kidnapping and gang rape. All of them heard a 20-year prison sentence. The other defendants were sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for one year. In addition, the perpetrators must pay the victim a total of 200,000 Moroccan dirhams (about 88 thousand PLN).
The victim’s lawyer, Ibrahim Hashan, told the media that he sees the perpetrators’ punishment as too low and that he intends to appeal. He pointed out that the charge of human trafficking alone carries a prison sentence of up to 30 years.
“The victim is treated all the time. What she went through will stay with her for the rest of her life” – shepherd quotes polsatnews.pl.
A 2016 survey conducted by UN Women – an entity of the United Nations, showed that more than 62 per cent. Adult men from Rabat and the surrounding region admitted that the use of violence against women helps maintain “family unity.” 41 percent of respondents were of the opinion that rape can be rewarded with money. More than half of the husbands admitted to beating their wives.
In 2017, there were 1,600 cases pending in Moroccan courts in relation to rape allegations. According to national statistics from 2009, more than 60 percent. Women were sexually harassed.
The Moroccan government is trying to combat the problem of domestic violence and violence against women. The year prior to Khajeda’s case, a new law had been enacted that defined different forms of domestic violence and also established protections for victims. In 2014, the provision that made it possible to avoid a rape accusation if the victim was married was abandoned.
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