Outrage after the rape and burning of an Algerian teenager

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Outrage after the rape and burning of an Algerian teenager

Demonstrations have taken place in several towns in Algeria demanding more action to end violence against women following the rape and murder of a teenage girl.

In Algiers and Oran, protesters staged sit-ins and brandished photos of 19-year-old Chaima, whose burnt body was found at a deserted gas station last week.

Investigators said his body was set on fire during his lifetime.

The alleged rapist and murderer has been arrested.

He has yet to be charged in court and has not commented on the allegation.

Chaima's mother said he tried to rape her daughter in 2016, when she was 15 - but the case was closed, reports BBC's Ahmed Rouaba.

Protesters said there was strong security in the evidence, despite the small size of the protests.

The charred body of another woman was reportedly discovered in a forest last night.

Algerians on social media also called for the reinstatement of the death penalty for such crimes, while some simply mourned Chaima's death:

This article appeared first on: https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-africa-47639452

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