08 March 2018

Will Morocco's new law protect women from violence?

Legislation criminalises violence against women, but some claim law falls short, leaving domestic abuse victims at risk.

A new law in Morocco criminalising violence towards women has divided opinion, with some observers applauding the legislation as progress while critics claim some women would still be left at risk.

Until recently, women were vulnerable to various types of violence in private and public spheres, including rape, sexual harassment and domestic abuse. Much of this abuse had gone unreported, with such incidents considered private matters and not criminal.

.... The law, however, does not explicitly outlaw marital rape or spousal violence and does not provide a precise definition of domestic violence. .... Human Rights Watch said the law includes positive provisions, but leaves women at risk of being abused in a marriage. [Al Jazeera English] Read more