Jordan Repeals ‘Marry the Rapist’ Clause

Wedding dresses hang from nooses in Beirut in a protest against a law that allows rapists in Lebanon to avoid punishment if they marry their victims. Nine Arab countries have similar loopholes.

Jordan’s Parliament has voted to repeal a controversial clause that spares rapists punishment if they marry their victims and stay married for at least three years, according to Jordan’s official news agency.

Jordan’s cabinet moved to abolish Article 308 in April, receiving the endorsement of King Abdullah. The proposal had been pending ratification by Parliament in a session Tuesday, which one member of the body described to CNN as “chaotic.”

The vote count was not disclosed to members of Parliament and the motion was not discussed, Jordanian MP Dima Tahboub told CNN. Tahboub is a member of Jordan’s Islamist Islah bloc, which voted unanimously in favor of annulling the legal loophole.

“The annulment is in the greatest interest of the Jordanian people and is in harmony with the Islamic Sharia,” Tahboub said.

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SOURCE: CNN, Tamara Qiblawi