Rabat - The Free Feminist Union (UFL) released a video outlining the events leading up to the gang-rape and death of an 18-year-old Moroccan girl, whose body was found at the bottom of a well in a town outside of Rabat.
Rabat – The Free Feminist Union (UFL) released a video outlining the events leading up to the gang-rape and death of an 18-year-old Moroccan girl, whose body was found at the bottom of a well in a town outside of Rabat.
The eight-minute clip accompanies the launch of a new campaign to push for the passage of long-delayed Moroccan law 103.13, which would strictly punish violence against women. It’s title: How Many Women Must Die for Laws to Be Changed?.
“We are calling on the Moroccan people to react…to support girls in coordination with l’Union Féministe Libre,” the group announced, with the support of the victim’s family.
The video, posted on YouTube on Tuesday, begins with a description of how the girl, El Hasnae, came in contact with the UFL in Rabat.
Nidal Azhary, the president of the women’s rights organization, said a group of young Moroccans at the Rabat train station gave her the UFL’s contact information after they noticed El Hasnae sleep at the transit center for three to four nights in a row, on her own.
The man who had raised her – it is unclear from the video if the man was her adoptive parent or other form of guardian – had harassed her and attempted to assault and rape her, causing her to leave home.
UFL member Najoua El Moussaid offered El Hasnae a place in her home for three weeks after hearing the runaway girl’s story. After the end of that period, El Hasnae moved to a women’s shelter with the promise of further education and the feminist union remained in contact with the girl.
A short period later, Azhary said she received a phone call from a woman named Nidal, who said El Hasnae – along with 15 other girls – was gang-raped by a group of young Moroccans.
A few days later, her body was found at the bottom of a well. It is unclear if she committed suicide by jumping into the body of water, or if she had been thrown in.
“This event that happened cannot be forgotten,” says El Moussaid. “I don’t know how many girls need to deal with these circumstances, how many girls have to get raped so that we finally stand up [opposed to violence against women].”