Three girls from Belgium who were stationed in Morocco for some voluntary works are set to return home after a teacher threatened to cut their heads for wearing shorts.
The teacher living in the area around the village of Adar noticed the girls carrying out some work to build a road, wrote on social media and warned them for wearing ‘skimpy’ outfits.
The Moroccan primary school teacher, who has not been named, said that he wanted to decapitate the young women in order to “teach a lesson to those who do not respect the Muslim faith’, local media has reported.
He has since been arrested by the Moroccan police and is to be charged with ‘incitement to terrorist acts’.
The women were a part of a group which volunteered with the Bouworde organisation. The organisation has now announced that the programme will be called off as a result of this incident.
On the organisation’s website, a statement read: “We have been advised not to send new groups to Morocco.
“We will follow this advice and we have decided to cancel all the following camps in Morocco,”
The organisation also confirmed that the authorities have assured them of safety for the remaining people on the trip and offered to take back anyone who felt unsafe. However, 34 of the remaining opted to stay.
Social media users and the press in Morocco have hit out at the teacher’s views and a protest has been planned to take place on a beach in Casablanca organised by a Facebook group calling itself ‘Yes we short’.
There was also an ‘Everyone in shorts’ petition that garnered more than 1,000 signatures.
One of the Belgian girls, named only as Luna in the French press, said: “All the population is very kind. They are always friendly and they always say ‘hello’ and ‘how are you?’ and ‘what is your name?’.
“I really love it here. I am really happy that I came here.
“This is such a lovely country and everything here is very cool.”
Another of the girls, who French media reports to be called Aline, added: “I am here to help Moroccans and it is really interesting to see the differences between us and them.
“Morocco is a beautiful country.”