This is done because the focus in Islam is not on the rape at all, but on the shame the woman has brought to her family by her sexual immorality, even if she was forced. That shame is erased if the rapist marries her. “Moroccan girl, 16, kills herself after judge forced her to marry man who RAPED her,” by Lee Moran in the Daily Mail, March 14 (thanks to David):
A Moroccan teenager killed herself after a judge forced her to marry her rapist.
The 16-year-old girl, named only as Amina, ate rat poison after a Tangier court which was supposed to be punishing her 26-year-old attacker decided that they should instead be wed.
This is because Moroccan laws exempt a rapist from punishment if he agrees to marry his victim.
Traumatised by the rape and the forced marriage, Moroccan newspaper al-Massae said she committed suicide at her husband’s house.
Hafida Elbaz, director of the Women’s Solidarity Association, criticised the law and said rapists often believed they could avoid punishment by marrying their victims.
The incident throws more light on the way women are treated in Islamic countries.
Last year Afghan 21-year-old Gulnaz was jailed for ‘adultery by force’ after she was brutally raped by her husband’s cousin.
Her attacker was jailed for seven years for the crime that left her pregnant.
A global outrage saw the President of Afghanistan personally pardoning her and releasing her from Kabul’s Badam Bagh jail, with no pre-conditions.