Casablanca- Rape, in its most inhuman forms, still prevails in Morocco despite all efforts to combat it. A waitress was recently gang-raped in Meknes.
According to daily Assabah, a 19-year-old waitress was kidnapped then gang-raped by four people in Meknes. The three suspects were presented to the Prosecutor on charges of kidnapping, violence and rape.
The young waitress was kidnapped at 4:00 a.m. at the café where she works, before the eyes of the café owner and his customers.
According to local police, the café clients could not intervene to save the girl as the three suspects were drunk and armed with swords they used to kidnap her.
The waitress told the police that she had already been the victim of rape when she was 17, but never dared to report that to the police because of her fear of the consequences.
The abolition of Article 475 of the criminal code, which allowed rapists to flee justice by marrying their victims, does not seem to change the bitter truth about rape in Morocco.
The rate of violence and child rape are still high in the kingdom, and the reasons for that mainly are attributed on the lack of stricter laws to punish the perpetrators.
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