MOROCCO: Moroccan Campaign Links Youth Veiling With Child Abuse

Monday, July 2, 2012
Bikya Masr
Northern Africa
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Human Rights

An ambitious new Morocco campaign launched by a women's rights organization has argued that the veiling of young girls in the country is a form of “child abuse.”

The Center for Women's Equality announced the new campaign, with the slogan “So that girls won't live in eternal darkness” with the goal of battling against the forcing of young girls between three- and 10-years-old to veil.

In a statement published by local media, the center called upon all human rights organizations as well as legislative bodies to join this campaign against what they termed “a flagrant violation of innocence and childhood.”

“Girls at this age know nothing about religion and what is prohibited and what is not,” said the statement.

The statement added that making girls wear the veil at a young age “threatens their psychological stability and therefore ruins the coming generations and an entire society.”

It also called on the Moroccan government to intervene in the trend, adding that religious groups in the country must push against the young veiling of girls.

“Islamic bodies need to interfere to make things clear and tell people that forcing young girls to wear the veil is not part of Islam.”