Casablanca - French-Moroccan author and journalist Leïla Slimani, who was recently awarded the prestigious Prix Goncourt literary prize, chimes in on the recent arrest of two girls on charges of ‘homosexuality.'
Casablanca – French-Moroccan author and journalist Leïla Slimani, who was recently awarded the prestigious Prix Goncourt literary prize, chimes in on the recent arrest of two girls on charges of ‘homosexuality.’
In a radio interview with France Inter, a popular French radio show, Slimani was asked to express her thoughts on the recent arrest of two girls in Marrakech on charges of ‘homosexuality.’
In her response, Slimani said that, “it is obvious that Morocco’s legislation is reminiscent of the Middle Ages and completely disconnected from reality.”
“In Morocco,” she adds, “there’s a kind of duality between ancient norms that condemn sex outside of marriage, homosexuality and adultery, and then there’s current norms, things that happen that completely oppose those ancient norms.”
“We can’t be hypocritical,” she says. “Everyone knows that Moroccans have sexual lives outside of marriage, which is completely normal, that homosexuals exist, and we keep maintaining this dichotomy because it works in favor of the system and of certain people,” she continues.
“It’s a question of human rights, sexual rights and dignity, and in particular the dignity of the woman,” adds Slimani, again expressing her point of view about the case.
The two girls arrested in Marrakech were temporarily released yesterday. They are set to appear in court today