Police in Morocco have arrested two teenage girls for kissing in their home.
Reports have stated the 16-year-old teen invited a homeless girl, 17, into the house in Daoudiate, Marrakesh on 26 October.
The two kissed, but they were being filmed by the cousin of the 16-year-old. The cousin then showed it to the girl’s mother.
The mother alerted then alerted the police.
According to the Moroccan Times, the mother ‘refused to see her daughter being associated in the act with the other 17-year-old girl, a homeless girl’.
The two are currently in custody awaiting trial.
Aswat Collective, the gay rights organization based in Morocco, told Gay Star News that lawyers often refuse to defend detainees who have been charged with homosexuality.
Morocco has seen several arrests of gay people across the country, with the most high profile case being in Beni Mellal.
In March, a mob caught a gay couple having sex and brutally assaulted the two of them. The couple were then arrested for the ‘crime’ of homosexuality. A video of the attack went viral online.
Later in June, a young gay couple were jailed for having sex in their car.
Human rights organizations are attempting to repeal the law that criminalizes homosexuality and free the people who are in jail for gay sex.
Those charged under article 489 of the Penal Code face sentences ranging from three months to six years in prison and a find of up to MAD 1,200 ($125, €110).