Gatherings are scheduled this Thursday in several Algerian cities to condemn feminicides. No official figures exist, but the Facebook account Algeria Feminicides, which monitors this topic, has identified 38 since the beginning of this year. The murder of a young girl, Chaïma, revives mobilization.
Chaïma was 19 and was found dead last week at a deserted gas station near Boumerdes east of Algiers. Local media claim she was raped, beaten and then burned to death. According to the prosecutor, a suspect confessed. He is being prosecuted for “rape and premeditated murder with intent and ambush, using torture”.
The death of this young girl is creating great emotions in Algeria. According to her mother, Chaïma knew his attacker and had even filed a complaint against him in 2016.
This strengthens the indignation on social networks where the hashtag #jesuischaima appeared. Last Sunday, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune ordered the application of maximum sanctions against those responsible for kidnapping people.
The case of Chaïma also revives the debate on the death penalty. A moratorium has been applied since 1993 in Algeria, but its question marks nevertheless separate society.
Last week, it was in Tunisia that the same debate over the use of the death penalty was revived. Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed has spoken in favor of the execution of the alleged killer of a young woman.