Pregnant Teen Lights Herself On Fire After Her 8 Rapists Are Released – 3%

Pregnant Teen Lights Herself On Fire After Her 8 Rapists Are Released

A pregnant Moroccan teen set herself on fire last week after her 8 alleged rapists were released from prison and threatened to publish photos of the rape, reports the Moroccan Association of Human Rights.

The rapists of Khadija al-Swaidi, 16, were initiallyarrested by Moroccan authorities but were granted provisional release. After their release the alleged rapists approached the girl and told her they would “publish pictures of the rape” on their cell phones, unless she dropped the complaint against them, the head of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights told The Guardian.

Until 2014, rapists in Morroco were allowed to dodge rape charges by marrying their victims. The law created an incentive for rapists to approach the parents of their rape victims and pressure marriage, ostensibly to spare the victim and her family from public shame.

In 2012, a 16-year-old girl killed herself after her family forced her to marry her rapist when she became pregnant. The law was reversed in 2014 after widespread outcry, but has not curbed a disturbing tide of underage rape in Morocco. The Guardian reports 80 percent of rapes in Morocco are against children between the ages of 5 and 14.



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