The Moroccan parliament on Wednesday, after months of heated debate, adopted a law first drafted five years ago to combat violence against women. "Thank God!" Hassima Hakkaoui, the minister of family affairs, women and solidarity, wrote on her Facebook page, after the law first drafted in 2013 was ratified by a vote of 112 for, 55 against and one abstention. Her department said the law, for the first time in Morocco, criminalises "acts considered forms of harassment, aggression, sexual exploitation or ill treatment" of women. Commentators on social media noted that the law finally passed on Saint Valentine's Day.