(Human Rights Watch)
Raped women in Mauritania are dejected from reporting the crime because they themselves may be imprisoned for having sex outside of marriage, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on September 5, 2018.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) interviewed five women and girls who were prosecuted for "zina" - sex outside marriage - after reporting a sexual offensive, including a 15-year-old girl who had been raped by a gang and sent to prison said in a report.
The criminalization of non-marital sexual relations in Mauritania jeopardizes rape survivors. The law prevents them from filing complaints because they themselves could be prosecuted. (Nouakchott) - The criminalization of non-marital sexual relations in Mauritania jeopardizes rape survivors. The law prevents them from filing complaints because they themselves could be prosecuted.
Reported By Umanga Buddhini Wackista-aratchie.
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