Morocco: New draft Law against sexual harassment draws praise from media
Casablanca- A Moroccan draft law on violence against women is now under study. Ostensibly, the text does not only sanction harassment against women, but also any type of mental, physical and financial violence against women and children.
The draft law has been “the hot issue” since it reached the office of the government’s General Secretariat. Since it was announced a couple of days ago, Moroccan media praised in the most part the new draft law with some newspapers calling it a “gift”from the head of government to Moroccan women.
“From now on, sexual harassment will be taken more seriously,” wrote Al Ahdath Al Maghribya.
“This draft law is a present from Benkirane to all women,” wrote Akhbar Al Yaoum.
The new draft law introduced by the Ministry of Family and Solidarity states that the perpetrators of such crimes might face up to two years in prison, pay a fine of 1,000 to 3,000 DH, or face both penalties.
In extreme cases, perpetrators may face up to 4 years in prison.
Moreover, the text of this draft law also sanctions all publications of any content with sexual representations on the net. Perpetrators may face up to 5 years in this regard.
Furthermore, forcing a woman to marry against her will may expose those involved to face up to 1 year in prison and a 10.000 DH fine.
According to daily Al Massaa, the draft law also sanctions theft between spouses. This part of the text that applies equally to men and women suggests a sentence ranging from three months to two years in prison for any spouse who’d attempt to squander the property of the other spouse without his or her knowledge.
Violence in all its forms against women in is an issue that has always concerned the Moroccan civil society. However, no serious measures have been taken so far at the legislative level. Here lies the significance of this draft law.
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