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Tangier: Two years for a marital rape, a first in Morocco

The Tangier court has sentenced a 25-year-old man to two years in prison for raping his wife. This is the first conviction of this type in Morocco.

The 25-year-old from the city of Larache in the north of the Kingdom was recently sentenced to two years in prison closes for the rape of his wife. The sentence was accompanied by a fine of 2,000 dirhams and a sum of 30,000 dirhams that the rapist must pay to the victim as compensation.

The victim was able to prove the rape on the basis of “a medical certificate stating vaginal tears caused by a violent relationship the night she was deflowered”. Also the Court recognized “the state of distress into which the complainant was plunged, retaining that she suffered from a depression that could have led to suicide.” As for the defendant, he rejected the charges against him at the trial, claiming to have maintained only superficial reports with his wife since their marriage in 2017.

As a reminder, the Moroccan Parliament finally adopted, on February 14, 2018, a law against violence against women. A text penalizes for the first time “certain acts considered as forms of harassment, aggression, sexual exploitation or mistreatment”. It also toughens sanctions for certain cases and provides for “mechanisms to take care of women victims” of violence. However, the law was considered insufficient and incomplete by feminist associations, who call for greater firmness in the face of this phenomena.

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