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The Shame Of Morocco: Single Teen Mothers

1285 words - 6 pages

On a Monday morning, at 10am, in the office of the association, Solidarité Feminine, the atmosphere was calm and relaxed. With a simple phone call, the atmosphere was disturbed violently. After the call, the police had just brought a young mother and her two children to the association. In the picture provided by the authorities, was a young face torn by the blade of a knife and her left cheek was abraded and revealed raw flesh. This is the story of a young teen mother that has not only been the victim, of a horrific crime, rape, but more importantly, she is further victimized by being severely cast out by the society. Many teen girls in Morocco are raped, impregnated, then rejected by their ...view middle of the document...

This is unfair on many levels, and people should not jump to conclusions about these girls’ situations. As the famous quote by George Elliot states, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. We should apply her logic to this situation. We should first know their story before judging them. These girls already feel broken inside and all that this society does to them is break them even more. The worst part of this is that they cannot walk on the streets without having getting stared at, insulted, humiliated or even beating them up. We should forget the fact that they had sexual relations outside marriage and see how being raped changes your life completely and that we should help them through this instead of bringing them down and making them feel unworthy. Who are we to judge?
These girls face harsh conditions especially on the day they give birth. According to the website La Vie Eco, when the baby is delivered, the doctors call the police so that they can investigate her. These mothers are often penalized for having sexual relations outside marriage and are sentenced to 2-6 months of prison. Consequently, afraid of what the police might do to them, many of these girls have to run away and leave their baby behind. Sometimes, they don’t even want to go to the hospital and they just give birth where no one can find them. It is repugnant that they cannot have a normal life because they had sexual relations outside marriage, which wasn’t even planned, or on purpose. They are already having a bad enough day giving birth and then it gets worse when they are sent to prison without being able to ask what did they do wrong.
Single teen mothers are fighting for acceptance from the society while the men that put them in these situations in the first place are free from any consequences or responsibility. The men can escape article 490 of the penal code that states that we, citizens of Morocco, cannot have sexual intercourse outside marriage if they deny it (“Mères Célibataires: Une Précarité Sociale Et Juridique”). Also, according to the traditions, the women in this situation and in this country, which is a country based on Islam, is responsible for enticing the men (ibid). It is not logical that the men, who are the initial cause of this problem, get away with it and the women, who were innocent from the start, are getting blamed for wanting the man to rape her. This can be seen as an act of discrimination towards women and it has to stop. It is not because we can prove that these women had sexual relations outside marriage that we can blame her...

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