Gang rape by militia sparks outrage in Libya

Published December 11th, 2016 - 10:38 GMT
Libyan protesters (Wikimedia Commons)
Libyan protesters (Wikimedia Commons)

Libyans have expressed their anger after a video was shared showing members of a militia group raping a woman.


Protests were held in Tripoli on Friday, while social media users condemned the incident, using the heartbreaking hashtag “‘andkum walaya”, inspired by the unnamed victim’s words “shame on you, you have womenfolk (too)”.


A video of the incident was shared on Facebook last Wednesday by the “Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade”, a unit of the National Liberation Army, which is opposed to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA). The horrible attack allegedly took place at a house owned by “Naeem al Oshaibi”, a militia leader.


Demonstrators marched to the municipality council headquarters, condemning the GNA for their lack of action against the violations of the militias who are still in control of the capital. Protesters also called for the harsh punishment of the rapists. The maximum sentence for rape in the country is ten years.



Photos of the demonstrations condemning what is happening in Tripoli in terms of the kidnapping, extortion and rape of Libyan women.





On Friday, I pray that God will take revenge on the villains who raped this pure, noble woman.


The GNA has since issued a statement suggesting that they attack went against Libyan social and religious values. They promised to "arrest all those involved in the crime of rape of the Libyan woman”  and to “carry out the punishment of these 'human wolves' according to the law, so they will be an example to others."




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