March 21, 2012

In Morocco, legal loophole questioned after girl's death

#RIPAmina case sheds light on women's rights in the country.

Forced to marry her abusive rapist to preserve the family honour, 16-year old Amina Al Filali killed herself by swallowing rat poison. The suicide of the Moroccan teen took centre stage as netizens worldwide shed light on the circumstances surrounding her death.

Moroccans are now demanding answers and have taken to the streets to protest a society and legal system they feel failed to protect Amina.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to Zineb Benalla, civil society activist, and Loubna Skalli-Hanna, professor at American University in Washington DC.

What do you think? What reforms should be instituted to protect women’s rights in Morocco? Send us your thoughts and comments on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #AJStream.

Here are some highlights of the conversation online.