A bus driver in the Lamjaara commune of Ouazzane, northern Morocco, verbally and physically assaulted a female student who he accused of eating during Ramadan.
Rabat – A 14-year-old female student in the Lamjaara commune of Ouezzane, Morocco was verbally and physically assaulted by a bus driver who accused her of eating during Ramadan.
The driver also spread rumors to other students and parents that the child ate during the day because she identified as an atheist. Little did he know, the student was on her period, meant that she was allowed to postpone her fast.
The girl was just leaving the bus when the driver became “physically and verbally abusive, addressing all kinds of insults,” according to a statement in the Ouezzane section of the Moroccan League for the Defense of Human Rights (LMDH).
The victim was targeted by these “extremist elements,” as LMDH puts it. The student is now being protected by her parents, who have filed a complaint with the Royal Gendarmerie.
President Ibtissame Lachgar of the Alternative Movement for Individual Freedoms (MALI), spoke on the matter, saying, “there are other cases that are not publicized but people do not talk about it. We have testimonies from people physically or verbally abused because they do not do Ramadan.”