Jordan MPs vote to scrap rape law loophole

Jordan MPs vote to scrap rape law loophole

Jordanian MPs have voted to scrap a law enabling rapists to avoid punishment if they marry their victim.
The lower house backed the removal of a controversial clause known as Article 308.
Rights activists have long campaigned to abolish the provision, whose proponents argued protected victims from the social stigma of rape.
The decision must still be approved by Jordan's upper house and ratified by the king before it takes effect.
Jordan is one of a declining handful of countries in the region with such loopholes in its penal code.
Last week Tunisia revoked a similar provision for rapists... read more

1 August 2017 in World News, Views: 45
Source: BBC

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