Petition Calls on King Mohammed VI to Allow Castration of Pedophiles

Rabat – Following the tragic story of the little boy Imran who was subject to a sexual and physical abuse, a Moroccan mother launched an online petition on Avaaz.org addressed to King Mohammed VI, calling for the adoption of the death penalty against pedophiles.“I am a mother and I am traumatized after what happened to the little boy Imran,” wrote Ghita B., the author of the petition.“I do not feel safe in my country. I am afraid for my son, for all children. I want every pedophile who abuses a little angel to be sentenced to death, and make an example for other inhuman pedophiles,” the mother added. The petition has garnered already 1,652 signatures.Crimes of solicitation of minors and their sexual abuse are punishable with a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison under the Moroccan Penal Code.However, La Coalition Contre les Actes Pedophiles (the Moroccan Coalition Against Child Abuse) said in its annual report on pedophilia in Morocco, published last November, that the number of reported child abuse cases in 2015 reached 935, an increase of 10 percent compared to 2014 (850 cases).Khalid Cherkapoui, President of the Coalition, reportedly said that most of the court rulings against convicted pedophiles in 2015 were light.“Most of court rulings against convicted pedophiles were between one year and four years in jail… Some pedophiles were even released, due to lack of evidence,” Cherkaoui said.The four-year-old boy, Imran, was subject to a brutal assault last week by a sixteen-year-old homeless boy, who raped him, and threw him in a deserted place in Hay Hassani, Casablanca, before the authorities found him in terrible condition.Moroccan media reported that King Mohammed VI ordered the transfer of the little boy to Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Hospital in Casablanca to receive the necessary medical care.

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