Closure of Morocco’s rape loophole is just a small step to ridding the scourge of North Africa

It took 16-year-old Amina Filali’s (in the picture held by her mother) suicide and nearly two years for the law to be amended ©AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar

It took 16-year-old Amina Filali’s (in the picture held by her mother) suicide and nearly two years for the law to be amended ©AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar

It took 16-year-old Amina Filali’s (in the picture held by her mother) suicide and nearly two years for the law to be amended ©AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar

In this Friday March 16, 2012 photo, Zohra Filali the mother of rape victim, Amina Filali who committed suicide last week, shows a picture of her daughter at their family house in Khmis Sahel near Larache northern Morocco. Amina Filali committed suicide taking her own life by drinking rat poison after being forced to marry the man who allegedly raped her. In Morocco, as in many Middle East societies, a rapist can escape prosecution if he marries his victim, thereby restoring the honor of his victim and her family, but in the case of Amina Filali, it seems she could not live with her restored honor. The legal system in Morocco supports this honor tradition but activists are pressing for change.

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