The Moroccan TV channel ChoufTV reported last week that a 17-year-old teenager was gang raped and forcibly tattooed all over her body. The teenager, identified as Khadija talked to the TV channel about the nightmare and asks Morocco’s King Mohammed VI to intervene.
Khadija told ChoufTV how she was kidnapped while she was visiting her aunt’s house in Oulad Ayad town, 150 kilometers northeast from Marrakech. She was standing in front of the house when suddenly a group of men appeared and abducted her.
She told ChoufTV: “During the month of Ramadan, I went to spend a week with my aunt. I was at the door of the home of my aunt and a group of men kidnapped me and took me to an empty lot that I did not know.”
In the video interview she also explains that she was held captive for two months in a house where she was handed over to other men in return for money. The video shows the tattoos all over her body that she was forcibly given by the men. Different drawings including a swastika and names are etched into her skin on her neck, arms, legs and back. She also has scars from cigarette burns and bruises all over her body.
“They held me for about two months, and raped and tortured me… I will never forgive them. They have destroyed me,” Khadija continued “they didn’t give me food or drink, and I was not even allowed to take a shower.”
Khadija said that every time she tried to escape she was captured again and tortured for her attempt to flee. She told Morocco World News: “They didn’t give me food or drink, and I was not even allowed to take a shower.”
— amerruĸı (@Amerruki) August 26, 2018
Her ordeal has caused an online protest and petition, that has been signed by over 25.000 people. The petition urges the King of Morocco to provide Khadija with medical and psychological care. Hashtags like #JusticforKhadija and #WeAreAllKhadija in Arabic and English have been used to show support for the 17-year-old teenager.
#Khadija a 17-year-old Girl who had dreams and hopes of a bright future was gang raped by 11 men for 2 months😨😰
11 monsters who stole her innocence dreams and destroyed her body with tattoos and cigrette burns😭😭
Disgusting😡😡#JusticeForKhadija#كلنا_خديجة #WeAreAllKhadija pic.twitter.com/Xku1568LyP
— Seyma Ben Lamine (@seymabl) August 29, 2018
This is not the first time Morocco has to deal with such a case. Earlier this year a video showing two men sexually assaulting a girl circulated on social media. Morocco World News reported that according to an annual report by the attorney general, the rate of reported rapes in 2017 was 1,600, that is double as high as in 2016.
As for Khadija’s case, the Moroccan Association of Human Rights told AFP that the 12 suspects has been detained and that the first trial will take place on 6 September.
Source: www.independent.co.uk – www.middleeasteye.net – www.moroccoworldnews.com