Jordan repeals law allowing rapists to avoid punishment if they marry their victims

The Jordanian parliament has voted to revoke an article of the country’s penal code which allows a rapist to escape punishment for his crime so long as he marries the victim.

A royal judiciary committee advocated the abolishment of Article 308 – which shields rape, statutory rape and kidnap perpetrators from prosecution if they marry the survivor – back in March.

Jordanian law currently says that rape is punishable by up to seven years in prison or capital punishment if the victim is aged 15 or under. The outdated statute, however, created a loophole which suspends any criminal prosecution if the two people involved get married for a minimum of three years.