Rabat – In an unprecedented trial, the Oujda Court of First Instance sentenced a man to a two-month suspended jail term and a fine of MAD 500 ($50) for harassing a minor.
The prison term is provided for in Article 5 of LAW 103-13, which states that a person convicted for a crime of harassment, assault, sexual abuse, mistreatment, or violence against women or minors, faces a prison sentence of one to six months and a fine of MAD 2,000 to MAD 10,000.
The father of the girl lodged a complaint to the king’s general attorney accusing the defendant, who’s 28 years old her senior, of disturbing her route home after she finished school, to express his “love” for her.
The defendant denied the accusations, which were confirmed by the testimony of a person who had been sent to meddle between him and the girl, what the government considered an act of “incitement” against the victim.
Incitement, the court noted, results in the victim being exploited for sexual purposes if the victim consented.
However, the court took absence of any criminal record as a mitigating factor, ruling instead under law 103.13, which prohibits contacting the victim by any means.
Article 5 of Law 103-13 stipulates that the convict is to be prohibited from contacting or approaching the whereabouts of the victim for a period of five years.