The tragic event took place in Taroudant last May. The victim, Fatma L’Ghandour, a two-year old girl from Taroudant, was lured by a stranger to a deserted building in the city where he continuously raped her until she dropped dead.
The main suspect in the case, a jobless, 30-year old individual, suspected to be Fatima’s rapist and killer, was arrested last Thursday, May 9.
Moroccan courts rarely rule in favor of death penalty, therefore, the decision seems to be the result of the civil society’s growing indignation regarding child sexual abuse in the country.
Indeed, thousands of outraged Moroccans demonstrated in front of the parliament last summer after King Mohamed VI pardoned Daniel Galvan, a 63 year old pedophile serving a 30-year sentence for raping 11 children between 2004 and 2006.
The ruling proves that Morocco intends to be inflexible with rapists and that the matter will no longer be taken lightly.