(MENAFN) After months of debates, the Moroccan parliament has adopted a law first drafted five years ago to combat violence against women.
"Thank God!" Bassima Hakkaoui, the minister of family affairs, women and solidarity, wrote on her Facebook page, after the law first drafted in 2013 was ratified by a vote of 112 for, 55 against and one abstention.
Her department said the law, for the first time in Morocco, criminalizes "acts considered forms of harassment, aggression, sexual exploitation or ill treatment" of women.
This comes after a video showing a young woman on a bus being sexually molested by a group of boys without the driver or other passengers reacting to her appeals for help, has been circulated online making a rage between the Moroccan society.