Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Jordan Repeals "Marry the Rapist Victim" Law; Rapist No Longer Set Free for Marrying Victim

Jordan's parliament today (August 1, 2017) scrapped a provision in the kingdom's penal code that had allowed a rapist to escape punishment if he married his victim, according to the AP News website.

Cheers and applause erupted from a packed spectators' gallery as legislators voted to repeal the provision.

The vote was hailed as a major step forward for women in the conservative kingdom.

"This is a major victory for the women's movement and human rights movement in Jordan," said Salma Nims, the secretary general of the Jordanian National Commission for Women.

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