All forms of harassment against women now punishable in Morocco
After nearly five years of parliamentary bureaucracy was the Bill on combating harassment against women, finally on Wednesday 14 February approved by Parliament.Â All forms of harassment against women, both at home and in the workplace and on the streets, are now punishable under the law.Â The new Bill provides for the following:
The new text provides for a prison sentence of six months and/or a fine of 10,000 to 30,000 dirham against anyone who forces a girl to get married under threat or violence.
Sexual harassment of women in a public place is liable to a term of imprisonment of six months and a fine of 2,000 to 10,000 dirham. The authors of sexually intimidating texts (for example, through social media or SMS) get the same punishment.
Be given harsher penalties if the offender is a family member, an employee or a person is responsible for maintaining order and security in public spaces.
The law also provides for penalties ranging from three to five years in prison and fines between 5,000 and 50,000 dirham if sexual stalker is a family member and has authority over the victim or if the victim is a minor.
To enter into force, the law must now be published in the official State bulletin, according to the provisions of the Constitution.