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Latest items for LRCM-LAW-1

Feb. 6, 2019, 3:14 p.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan

"Rape, including spousal rape, is illegal, but as in previous years, the government failed to enforce the law effectively and rape cases were underreported. Penalties for conviction of sexual assault range from three to eight years’ imprisonment. Prosecutors rarely brought rape cases to court. Statistics on the number of cases or convictions during the year were not available. Police generally regarded spousal rape as an administrative offense" (Pg 23-24).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1

"Rape of men or women, including spousal rape, is illegal, and the government prosecuted such cases. A convicted rapist may receive 10 to 30 years in prison" (9).
Sept. 14, 2018, 9:39 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1

"A woman who was forced to marry her rapist when she was 11" (para 1). "Her marriage to Tolbert lasted for six years and she ended up with six children by the age of 17. She then filed for divorce" (para 10). She was presumably raped throughout her marriage. Even though she was forced to marry her rapist by the consent of her mother, she was able to leave it once she was mature enough to recognize her options (KYK - CODER COMMENT).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:22 a.m.
Countries: Morocco

"Physical abuse was legal grounds for divorce, although few women reported such abuse to authorities. Domestic violence mediation generally occurred within the family. Women choosing legal action generally preferred pursuing divorce in family courts rather than criminal prosecutions" (27).
Aug. 10, 2018, 8:49 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1

"The Committee notes with concern the impact of intersecting forms of discrimination on disadvantaged and marginalized groups of women in the State party. In particular, the Committee is concerned about: (a) The persisting segregation of Roma in separate settlements, including by constructing walls and other physical separations, the limited access of Roma women to land tenure, the reports of frequent violent raids by the police on Roma settlements, resulting in casualties and the displacement of residents, including women and children, and the lack of investigation into the excessive use of force and misconduct by the police; (b) The heightened risk of violence, labour exploitation and racially motivated acts faced by...more
June 3, 2018, 5:28 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-1

"Rape is illegal, and the law provides the same punishment for a relative, including the spouse, who commits rape as for a nonrelative. Rape victims may act as full legal parties in criminal cases brought against alleged assailants and may seek compensation as part of a court verdict without initiating a separate civil action," (52).
May 30, 2018, 8:27 a.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1

"The act of marital rape is not criminalised in Sudanese law, so a husband is allowed to force his wife to have sex against her will" (Para 9).
Dec. 6, 2017, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1

"The CRC . . . urged the Iranian government to 'to increase the legal age of marriage to 18 years and criminalize marital rape'" (para 2).
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1

"Jihan said her husband abused her from the outset of the marriage...her husband raped her repeatedly. 'He forced me [to have sex], even if I refused.' She said he beat her every few days, once banging her head on the kitchen sink and causing a gash that required stitches"(5). Jihan said she wanted a divorce but her father would not give her the marriage certificate required for the divorce application because he said women didn't get divorced in his family (ENB-Coder Comment)."She [Fatima] said her husband started abusing her after six years of marriage...He also raped her frequently, she said. 'He forced me to have sex with him and do...more
Aug. 31, 2017, 8:47 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"While welcoming the recognition of marital rape as a sexual offence, CEDAW noted with concern that, under the Sexual Offences Act, marital rape was recognized as a crime only after the issuance of a decree of divorce, a separation order or a separation agreement, or where the husband was subject to a non-molestation order" (7)
Aug. 31, 2017, 8:31 p.m.
Countries: Algeria
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1

"Although women can invoke articles on assault and battery in the penal code in order to initiate legal action against abusive husbands, the grounds for divorce under the family code do not include marital violence" (1)
Aug. 31, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
Countries: Algeria
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1

"A woman, unless her husband agrees, can obtain a divorce only by petitioning a court on the basis of certain types of harm or prejudice specified in the law. In the process she is likely to face a series of legal and procedural obstacles" (p 29)
Aug. 31, 2017, 8:19 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1

"In another case before the Tirana courts, a woman with two children who was very traumatised by domestic violence had initiated divorce proceedings" (p 209)
Aug. 31, 2017, 8:18 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1

"'Few women are prepared to bring such prosecutions. They are psychologically tired of dealing with the court, and with their problems, and they just don't want to deal with it any more. They have to do all the work to get a divorce or prosecution: the burden lies entirely on the woman in such cases. She has to go to every state structure, there is no help for her in trying to prove such a case. The object of the draft law is to make it easier for her in this process, and to ensure a government response to the perpetrator'" (p 204)
Aug. 31, 2017, 8:16 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1

"Women are regularly imprisoned for refusing to marry, for running away from their husbands, and for 'adultery' when they are raped" (p 4)
Aug. 31, 2017, 8:15 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"The issue of marital rape is never considered or reported, since women have no choice in terms of consenting to sexual intercourse with their spouse" (21)
Aug. 3, 2017, 5:55 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"According to The Times (U.K.), which received a leaked copy of the law last Friday, the law requires women to grant sex to their husbands every fourth night unless they are ill, restricts a woman to the home unless her husband allows her to leave, legalizes child marriage by setting the marriageable age at first menstruation, and grants child custody rights to fathers and grandfathers before mothers" (para 3)
April 6, 2017, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1

"There were no known reports of a woman accusing her husband of rape during the year" (24).
Feb. 10, 2017, 5:18 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1

"1965 Sweden passes a law against rape in marriage" (4).
Jan. 24, 2017, 11:25 a.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1

"Islamic courts staffed by male and female officials offered counseling to married couples in domestic violence cases. Officials did not encourage wives to reconcile with flagrantly abusive spouses, and Islamic courts recognized assault as grounds for divorce" (14).
Jan. 4, 2017, 2:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan

“Spousal abuse is technically grounds for divorce, but husbands claimed religious authority to strike their wives. Observers noted that, while judges generally supported a woman’s claim of abuse in court, due to societal and familial pressure, as well as fears of violence such as honor killings, few women sought legal remedies” (29).
Dec. 9, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1

"Although no specific statute defines spousal rape as illegal, the Supreme Court acknowledged marital rape as illegal in 2013" (15).
Nov. 8, 2016, 10:25 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1

"Upon release from detention or checkpoints, and after house raids, women are often alienated from their families and viewed as “unfit” for marriage, and in some instances divorced or killed, because family members believe they were raped. The fear of sexual violence and its consequences is also a trigger in the displacement of many families" (2).
Sept. 23, 2016, 8:52 a.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1, ATDW-LAW-5

"Article 375. Rape. (1) Any man who penetrates the vagina of a woman with his penis —(a) without her consent; or (b) with or without her consent, when she is under 14 years of age, shall be guilty of an offence…(4) No man shall be guilty of an offence under subsection (1) against his wife, who is not under 13 years of age, except where at the time of the offence: (a) his wife was living apart from him — (i) under an interim judgment of divorce not made final or a decree nisi for divorce not made absolute; (ii) under an interim judgment of nullity not made final or...more
Aug. 23, 2016, 8:29 a.m.
Countries: Serbia

"Rape, on the other hand, is widely overlooked. Rarely acted upon unless the victim dies, even then the crime is not treated as murder, and the minimum sentence is only five years—less than the domestic violence cases that lead to death, because rape is considered a sexual violation rather than a violent act. Because of the stigma of public confrontations, rape is rarely reported. Spousal rape is not specifically recognized as a crime" (1085-1086)
July 27, 2016, 7:49 p.m.
Countries: Bahamas

“Rape is illegal, but the law does not protect against spousal rape, except if the couple is separating, in the process of divorce, or if there is a restraining order in place. The maximum penalty for an initial rape conviction is seven years; the maximum for subsequent rape convictions is life imprisonment. In practice, however, the maximum sentence was 14 years’ imprisonment” (13).
July 26, 2016, 9:53 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"Marital rape is included in the Sexual Offenses Act only for cases of legal separation. However, the Bureau of Gender Affairs submitted proposed amendments in 2013 which are currently before Cabinet for consideration which extend the definition of rape to include de facto separation" (9)
June 7, 2016, 11:32 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1

Further, the occurrence of marital rape during cohabitation is not a ground for divorce. Section 13 of the Hindu Marriage Act 1955, section 27 of the Special Marriage Act 1954 and section 10 of the Indian Divorce Act 1869 lay down the grounds based on which the wife can present a petition for divorce in the relevant Court of law, cruelty being one of them. It is true that marital rape can come under the scope of cruelty if it has been accompanied by physical abuse, but if the case involved rape by the husband wherein the consent was obtained by the threat of hurt, which in a non-marital relationship...more
Feb. 29, 2016, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1

""Rape is sufficient grounds for divorce. 1) Divorce is not illegal in Ukraine. People are free to divorce whomever they wish. If a man wished to divorce his wife because another man raped her, he could freely do so. It would be possibly be encouraged, since the women are not always seen as blameless in most rape situations. They are often told they asked for it, and not defended well here. It is shameful to talk about. 2) A woman could also freely divorce her husband if he raped her, but it is unlikely that she would do so. Most domestic violence situations in Ukraine go unreported. Law enforcement often...more
Jan. 14, 2016, 2:29 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1

"The authorities in Bahrain offer women no protection from their sexually abusive husbands. Only in cases of physical injury will the courts grant a divorce. For those who bear no physical marks, victims of sexual abuse feel helpless, as marital rape is not penalized Bahrain" (7).