Rabat – The Public Prosecutor in Marrakech’s Court of Appeals announced the opening of an investigation on Wednesday on the alleged perpetrator of the sexual assault against a young girl in Bouchane.
After the arrest of the alleged suspect on Wednesday, the court of appeals is carrying out a judicial investigation to determine the circumstances of the filmed incident that has been shaking social media since Tuesday.
The incident took place in Bouchane, a small town and rural commune in Rehamna Province of the Marrakech-Safi region.
The Royal Gendarmerie made their arrest earlier today and placed the defendant in custody while investigations are underway.
The incident occurred back in January, and the victim has now been identified.
The 55-second video has stirred backlash and concern among Moroccan citizens on social media. A hashtag is now being used to decry the incident. The hashtag “#Wash_Maandakch_Khtek” (translation: “Don’t you have a sister?”) echoes the young woman’s pleas, heard in the video as she tries stop her abuser.
Seven months ago, similar graphic footage was released of a group of teenagers sexually assaulting a mentally ill-girl on a bus in Casablanca.
The incident resulted in public protests in Morocco’s major cities, including Rabat and Casablanca, to denounce the lack of public safety.