Rabat,Morocco(TMT)- In a bet to curb the pervasive scourge of sexual harassment in Morocco, the Moroccan parliament is expected to vote in the upcoming days in favor of a draft law that will jail any offender for up to 6 months.
According to Moroccan paper Assabah, the prospective new law was drafted by Bassima Hakkaoui, the Moroccan Minister of Family and Solidarity, in coordination with Mustafa Ramid, Minister of Justice and Liberties, with the help of Driss Dahak, the Secretary-General of the Government.
A translation of the new draft law stipulates that “any person who commits physical or verbal harassment of a sexual nature, in the public space, shall be sentenced from one to six months in jail, or will be subject to a fine ranging from 1000 to 10000 Dirhams, or will be subject to both.”
The law applies to both genders alike, though sexual harassment against women is most common than the other way around.
Last year, The Moroccan Times shared a video featuring a social experiment that aims at “documenting the daily street harassment Moroccan women from all stripes go through.”[the featured video above]
The video showed a young lady, whom during a full 10 hours of walking through Casablanca streets, was harassed roughly 300 times.
What do you think of the draft law?
The Moroccan Times.