Jordan backs law change to stop rapists marrying victims to dodge jail

Jordan approves draft resolution to stop rapists married to their victims from avoiding prison

Princess Basma is said to have encouraged debate on the issue

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Jordanian government has approved a draft resolution to stop rapists marrying their victims to get out of jail.

On Sunday (April 23) a measure to repeal Article 308 of the Penal Code was passed after recommendations from a royal judiciary committee, state news agency Petra said.

Campaigners have been fighting for several decades for this to be done and it will now need to be ratified by Parliament, according to Sputnik News.

Princess Basma has also previously encouraged debates to take place on the issue, local media has said.

A report published in The Independent claimed 159 rapists escaped prison by marrying their victims between 2010 and 2013.

Rapists in Jordan can be punished with up to seven years in jail, and if the victim is under 15 perpetrators face the death penalty.

But if the rapist is married to their victim for at least three years they can avoid punishment.

Some women who report rape in Jordan have also been murdered in honour killings.