Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Moroccans outraged about prosecution of kissing girls
In Morocco, a case of two teenage girls who are prosecuted because they have kissed each other has led to much outrage. The girls, 16 and 17 years old, are suspected of having had sex with someone of the same sex. For that they may get a prison sentence of up to three years.
The teens ended up in jail after the mother of them had gone to the police. The woman went to the police after she had seen on her daughter’s phone a picture of the girl kissing a girlfriend. The two were arrested immediately and are on trial today in Marrakech city for “deviant sexual behaviour”.
Human rights organizations say this is a shame and say that the authorities should drop the charges. “A Moroccan organization is campaigning for the girls,” says correspondent Sjoukje Rietbroek. “That says something, because that organisation does not often fight for the rights of LGBT people.”
Human Rights Watch also finds it incomprehensible that the teenagers are prosecuted. “They may have to go to jail because they showed affection for each other,” says a spokesman. In the North African country more often men are prosecuted for homosexuality. It would be the first time that women appear in court in such a case.
The mother who indicated her daughter now says she regrets her action. “But she has figured that out a little too late,” said Rietbroek. “The case is now already in court.”
On December 9 there will be the verdict. “Because there is so much attention from home and abroad for the case it is likely things will end up well for the girls.”