A horrific rape crime shakes the Algerian street
Protests have been held in several cities in Algeria to demand action to stop violence against women following the rape and murder of a teenager.
Chaima the 19-year-old Algerian girl, was kidnapped days before her body was found. Her suspected attacker was known to authorities as her family had submitted a police report about him, her mother said in a video posted online. In 2016, the suspect was jailed for Chaima’s murder and held for three years.
Upon his release he returned to harass the teen and forced her to meet with him only to kidnap her, rape her and kill her, her mother added.
Chaima’s body was found burned in a deserted petrol station in Thenia, 80 km (50 miles) east of the capital Algiers, in what her family believes was a horrific attack that saw her kidnapped and raped before her murder.
Her killer confessed to the crime and is under arrest, local media say.
Meanwhile, Chaima’s mother appealed to Algerian President Abdel-Majid Tebboune to implement the death sentence against the perpetrator.
There are also reports that a charred body of another woman was found in a forest overnight.
Women held sit-in protests in Algiers and Oran, chanting Chaima’s first name and calling for an end to gender-based violence. Activists also took to social media with the hashtag #JeSuisChaima (I am Chaima).
“This government offers no shelters or mechanisms to protect the victims from their torturers, this government says it has laws, but in reality, women are asked to forgive their aggressor, be it their brother or their father or whatever,” one woman at the rally in Algiers said.
Femicides Algeria group, which tracks such killings, says 38 women have been killed on account of their gender in the country since the start of the year. They recorded 60 in 2019, but believe the actual number is far higher as many such killings go unreported.