A night guard cornered, raped, and robbed a woman who was carrying a baby with her.
Rabat – The National Brigade of Judicial Police (BNPJ) in Mehdya near Kenitra arrested on Thursday a night guard who, armed with a sharp weapon, robbed a woman and raped her in front of her baby.
The 54-year-old man raped and abused the woman in a construction site he was guarding in Mehdya.
On Thursday night, police received a call from an anonymous person who reported the rape. The guard, the primary suspect was arrested on the same night, reported the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) on Friday.
Police immediately transferred the woman and her baby to a local hospital for emergency care. The baby was apparently not subjected to any form of violence, said DGSN.
Police also seized the victims’ bracelet which the man had stolen during the robbery.
The suspect is currently in custody pending investigations.
Recently, Morocco has witnessed several shocking rape cases that became nationwide topics, including cases of sexual harassment and violence plaguing women.
One of the rape cases that made international headlines and fueled the activism of national and international NGOs who was of Khadija, a teenager who was allegedly kidnapped, raped, held in captivity, and forcibly tattooed last summer.
According to an annual report issued by the King’s Attorney General, Mohamed Abdel Nabawi in 2018, there were over 1,600 rape cases reported in 2017 in the country.
In hopes to eliminate sexual harassment and gender-based violence, Morocco enacted Law 103-13 in September 2018.
But some women’s associations have expressed disappointment with the law.
They say it contains loopholes because some offenders still receive leniency, which, according to the Union of Women’s Action (UAF), a Moroccan feminist association, will not allow the elimination of the violence that “affects two-thirds of Moroccan women.”