Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- In an interview given to the Moroccan daily Akhbar Al Yaoum, the former Moroccan Minister of Solidarity, Women, Family, and Social Development, Ms. Nouzha Skalli said that “all of Morocco’s youth will be jailed if the Moroccan authorities prohibit sexual relationships outside of wedlock.”
The former minister, who served part of the government of Abbas El Fassi, from October 2007 until the so-called Arab spring’s tsunami hit Morocco in 2011, said that “I am very satisfied and delighted vis-à-vis the recent reviewing and the to-be adopted laws in the draft of the Moroccan Criminal Code, yet some of the articles must be build on the basis of what we witness [as relationships] in our community, and not based on sexual repression.”
“Some articles lack clarity. For example, the criminalization of sexual relations between men and women outside marriage,” Skalli quipped.
“In this regard, a study from the Moroccan Ministry of Health revealed that the first sexual relationship Moroccan youth have occurs often under the age of 18,” Skalli stressed.
“This said, we can not blindly jail whomever has sex out of wedlock, otherwise all Moroccan youth will be jailed,” Skalli said.
The Moroccan Times.