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Morocco should enact a meaningful law on domestic violence and repeal the penal code provision that in practice has allowed men accused of raping or having sex with minors to avoid prosecution if they wed their victims. A 16-year-old girl apparently took her life on March 10, 2012, after entering a marriage under these conditions.

(Rabat) – Morocco should enact a meaningful law on domestic violence and repeal the penal code provision that in practice has allowed men accused of raping or having sex with minors to avoid prosecution if they wed their victims, Human Rights Watch said today. A 16-year-old girl apparently took her life on March 10, 2012, after entering a marriage under these conditions.

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