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Hundreds of Moroccans stage mass sit-in protest after teenage boys sexually assault woman on bus

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Hundreds of Moroccans stage mass sit-in protest after teenage boys sexually assault woman on busHundreds of Moroccans stage mass sit-in protest after teenage boys sexually assault woman on bus

News24xx.com -  Hundreds of Moroccans have staged a mass sit-in in Casablanca on Tuesday evening, August 29 2017 in protest against the aggressive sexual assault of a woman on a bus, in a case that has sparked outrage across Morocco.

The 18 August assault was filmed and posted online, quickly going viral.


In the video, the 24-year-old girl can be seen crying, while a group of teenagers molest her, insult her and tear her clothes off. No passengers intervened to help as the footage was shot.

At the time the video was posted online, no complaint had been filed by her or the driver of the bus.


Six teenagers were arrested on Monday, August 28 2017, all between the ages of 15 and 17, according to authorities, who said the boys are now under investigation.


The same day, public transport company M’Dina Bus said the video was too short to determine whether the bus driver failed to do anything.


Since the footage went public, some Moroccans have been posting on social media saying it was the woman’s own fault for being on a bus with so many men on it, though the majority of posters have displayed shock and anger.


Mamoun Arfal, a Casablanca resident planning to attend the demonstration, told that he was concerned about the frequency of rapes in Morocco‘s biggest cities.

“What is shocking is how other passengers as well as the bus driver were turning a blind eye to it,” the 21-year-old student said.

“We can’t let rapists think they’re free to do as they please, so I’m attending because not only I need to stand for what’s right but also because it might be my mother, sister or friend can be the next victim.”

Mr Arfal also said he had heard people victim-blaming.

“I think the passive bystanders are just as bad as the rapists,” another attendee told.

 

Sexual harassment, violence, and abuse of women is a major problem in Morocco. Nearly two-thirds of women have experienced sexual, physical, psychological or economic abuse, according to a national survey.

This is also not the first time a video showing harassment of a woman has sparked mass complaints.

Earlier in August, 10 2017 seconds of footage showing a woman being chased by a group of men in Tangier, but some Moroccans saying it was the woman’s own fault for wearing jeans and a T-shirt.

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