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January 23, 2013

After #RIPAmina, Morocco considers change

Government proposes ending controversial marriage practice for accused rapists.
Women protest Morocco's penal code, March 17 2012. Photo from #RIPAmina [Facebook].

Almost a year after the suicide of a Moroccan girl who was forced to marry her rapist, the country's Ministry of Justice threw support behind a proposal to amend a controversial rape law.

Sixteen-year-old Amina Filali killed herself after seven months of marriage to the man she accused of rape. Under a provision in the current penal code, he was able to avoid prosecution by agreeing to marry her.

The Stream covered the outcry over Filali's death, which many blamed on Morocco's legal and social failure to protect women.