(MENAFN - Morocco World News) Rabat - Following the rape and murder of an 11-year-old schoolgirl in Ait Imour (located in the Marrakesh-Tensift-El Haouz suburb), the Moroccan Association of Human Rights branch in Marrakech called to intensify punishments against convicts of pedophilia. The human rights organization called for the, "tightening and toughening [of] penalties for sexual crimes against minors,' declared a statement given to the Moroccan electronic news outlet Hespress. The organization also called upon authorities to ensure the safe return of all of the victim's classmates to their classes—to help appease their anxiety after the incident. To avoid the occurrence of other monstrous crimes, the organization also called upon officials to reduce the distance between schools and villages, or to provide safe school transport services. The criminal, aged 20, has reportedly been given a light sentence— only a year and a half in prison—for the rape of the 11-year-old girl. In an act of solidarity with women working in the education sector in the region, the organization has condemned all forms of sexual harassment made against them. According to the organization, several teachers from Ait Imour reported acts of sexual harassment to the authorities during the last school season but were forced to abandon their complaints out of fear of retaliation (including fear of physical assault). "