Jordan nixes law offering rapists immunity if they wed victim

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 1, 2017 14:40
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Jordan's Parliament voted on Tuesday to repeal a highly controversial clause in the penal code that let rapists escape punishment if they marry their victim.

The law was struck down by a narrow majority to the sound of cheers from the gallery.

Until now a loophole to the code, which stipulates a prison sentence for rapists, suspended any criminal prosecution if the two people involved get married for a minimum of three years.


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