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Jordan Repeals Law Allowing Rapists To Avoid Punishment By Marrying Victims

The lower house of Jordan’s parliament voted to get rid of a provision in the kingdom’s penal code that let rapists avoid punishment if they married their victim, according to The Los Angeles Times. A full spectators’ gallery of activists cheered when legislators voted to repeal the legislation after an emotionally charged debate had lawmakers yelling at each other on the legislative floor. “This is a 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. Even though the country has a pro-Western political sentiment and …read more

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