Being a woman in Morocco is a daily struggle. Even today, street harassment continues to claim more and more victims. The latest, a young woman walking the streets of Tangier, sexually assaulted by a passer-by and filmed by another. A sequence that has caused a lot of ink to flow on social networks. The competent authorities reacted quickly by arresting the author of the video. An investigation is currently underway to apprehend the aggressor.
It is a video that has toured the web, arousing strong reactions. In this widely shared sequence, we see a young woman, walking in the streets of Tangier, wearing a purple dress being harassed by a young man who lifts her outfit to touch her in one of her private parts.
According to information received by MoroccoLatestNews FR, the author of the video, aged less than 15 years, was apprehended by the DGSN, while the aggressor, identified, is the subject of an investigation, in order to know the ins and outs of this story.
If no indication is given on the moment of the assault, this sequence largely relaunches the debate on street harassment and the serious consequences suffered by the victims.
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This macho and sexual violence, until when?
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An endless plague
In Morocco, where nearly two out of three women are victims of violence, touching women and young girls in public transport is frequent while men, adults or adolescents, act with great impunity.
Contacted by MoroccoLatestNews FR, Khadija Riyadi, President of the Human Rights Association, former President of AMDH and 2013 winner of the United Nations Human Rights Prize, denounces the ineffectiveness of Law 103-13, which entered into force in 2018, concerning the fight against violence against women and harassment in public space.
“This law has been criticized a lot by women’s rights associations but also by jurists, the reality is that it has changed absolutely nothing and the whole system is to blame. Everything that touches on the dignity of women goes beyond the law. You have to look at the problem in depth and identify the causes and reasons for this kind of behavior ”, she declared.
“It is a question of education and image conveyed by the State, by institutions, by the media and those which also circulate in religious discourse.“, She estimated, denouncing a “Justice which is not independent and which does not do justice to people who suffer harassment on a daily basis”.
The activist also regrets the lack of awareness at the national level. “Violence is first of all the state that nourishes it. People should not be expected to stop committing these crimes against women until there is awareness. When we see how women are harassed when they do sits-in, when they take walks, we understand that their body and their physical integrity have no value ”, she added.
What the law says?
Law 103-13 on the fight against violence against women, especially in the public space and at work, entered into force three years ago, and yet nothing has changed. Women are harassed even more in the streets and public spaces in front of men who are unaware of the existence of this text and continue to do as they see fit.
However, this same text, a rare occurrence, allowed a casablancaise, OR, to file a complaint against three individuals who “dredged” her in the cafe where she was going to meet her husband, in September 2018. A painter from Fez, a sexagenarian, was also prosecuted for sexual harassment against a young woman in her twenties.
In what was considered the first complaint of this kind, the respondent, who “openly dredged” the girl in the street and “mimed gestures of a sexual nature”, was remanded in prison. local Bourkayez de Fez pending the opening of the trial.
Law 103-13 relating to the fight against violence against women, put in place to protect women in public spaces, and against any act of violence, forced marriage of minors, but also comments of a sexual nature made or sent by SMS, voice messages or photos, provides for a prison sentence of up to 6 months and a fine of between 6,000 and 10,000 dhs. But is it really applied?