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Moroccan teenager Khadija

A Moroccan novelist and filmmaker who wrote an essay on a rape case involving a 17-year-old girl says he is concerned that the case "will soon be forgotten" in a society "that still hates women."

Abdellah Taïa and a group of Moroccan authors expressed their anger in an essay written in the French newspaper French Liberation last week and asked the government to stop ignoring the issue.

In a case that has shocked the country, a girl named Khadija claimed to have been kidnapped during Ramadan before being tortured and raped by up to 15 men for two months. She also alleged that the group drugged her and her skin was tattooed.

The Moroccan writer Abdellah Taïa.

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A dozen men were arrested after the publication of the essay, in which Taïa wrote: "It is no longer life, it is a jungle and, as always, women are paying the price of all the dysfunctions of a society that does not want to grow . "

He described in the piece how the group of men allegedly treated Khadija: "they shared the girl between them". A doll. A small dog A sex slave, "and asked the government to introduce new laws to protect people.

"We have to give them back their rights and explain what they mean." We need to educate them. "

But talking to The Guardian on Wednesday, he said he was afraid nothing would change.

"The police will say:" We punish the criminals, what else to do? "The state will be happy … And meanwhile we will forget that the issue is not only about Khadija, it is a complete system that He still hates women and considers them as nothing. "

"This catastrophic situation is the real image of what is happening in general in Morocco," he said.

Khadija shows tattoos while sitting in the village of Oulad Ayad (STRINGER / AFP / Getty Images)

Khadija shows tattoos while sitting in the village of Oulad Ayad (STRINGER / AFP / Getty Images)

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A recent UN report found that more than half of men in Morocco admitted to sexually harassing a woman or a girl. Sixty-two percent of the men also said they believed that women should tolerate violence to keep the family together.

UNICEF Morocco praised the authors for talking about the case. "Thank you for your interest and participation in the rights of children," the organization tweeted.

A request from Change.org to draw attention to the history of Khadija has won more than 110,000 signatures.

The test is expected to begin next week.