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Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"In the event that a valid marriage is contracted between the rapist and the victim, the prosecution or the sentence, as the case may be, is suspended...The Public Prosecutor has the right to resume prosecution or reimpose the sentence if the marriage ends in the victim being divorced for no legitimate reason within three years of a misdemeanour assault or five years of a felony assault" (11). "The draft code also does not exempt a perpetrator from prosecution if he marries the victim" (11).
Jan. 26, 2018, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, LRW-LAW-4

"The Committee notes the information concerning the legal reform being carried out in the State party. Nevertheless, it remains concerned about the continued existence of articles 97 to 99, 308 and 340 of the Criminal Code, which exempt rapists from criminal liability if they marry the victim for at least five years, and provide for reduced sentences in certain circumstances for perpetrators of crimes committed in the name of so-called 'honour'" (Pg 9).
Jan. 25, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"Academics and women’s rights activists maintained that the measure within the law that allows for offenders younger than 18 years to avoid prosecution by choosing to marry their victim constituted a violation of women’s rights" (35).
Jan. 24, 2018, 6:41 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

“Following the Lower House of Parliament's historic 1 August vote for the full repeal of Article 308 from Jordan's Penal Code, today the Senate approved as well! Once the King signs, rapists and other sexual abusers who marry their victims will no longer escape punishment for their crimes -- with no exceptions for age” (p 1)
Jan. 20, 2018, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: LRW-LAW-4, LRCM-LAW-2, MURDER-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the existence of a bill to combat domestic violence (on which drafting began in 2007) and the assurances given by the State party’s delegation that it is currently under consideration by the chambers of the parliament. Nevertheless, the Committee is deeply concerned about the slow process of adopting specific legislation that would eliminate violence against women in all settings and include a definition of violence and provisions on remedies and sanctions. The Committee reiterates its concern that several provisions of the Penal Code condone acts of violence against women by exempting perpetrators from punishment. In particular, it regrets that the Penal Code excludes marital rape, that article ...more
Jan. 8, 2018, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, was also the first to repeal the 'marry the rapist' laws" (para 2).
Dec. 20, 2017, 11:56 a.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"The law criminalizes marital rape, ends impunity for rapists who marry their victims" (para 4).
Dec. 7, 2017, 5:31 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"This issue, Kesir claimed, was brought to their attention by a mother of two who ran off with a man when she was 14. She had two children, and their father is in jail for 8 years. Kesir referred to the couple as man and wife, which makes one wonder when they legally got married and when these children were born. Why was this illegal situation not caught when the first baby was born? Kesir claimed that his main concern was to help the father, who was not referred to as a pedophile. She did not explain how a law can be suggested exclusively for an existing case and not ...more
Dec. 7, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"This is the most mind-boggling section of the report. It establishes the legal age of marriage as 15, not 18, and considers those younger than 15 to be minors. So if these minors are engaged in sex with adults and if they decide to get married then there will be no charge of pedophilia. Rather, the marriage will be observed for five years and if there is no physical violence then there will be no punishment. This has been named in Turkish social media as 'marrying your rapist' law. Facing mounting criticism, Ayse Kesir, AKP parliamentarian and chairwoman of the commission, appeared on CNN Turk and claimed this suggestion would ...more
Nov. 10, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, LRW-LAW-4, MARR-LAW-1

"Under sustained pressure from Arab women’s groups, Lebanon has followed in the footsteps of Jordan and other Arab countries in repealing a law that gives rapists amnesty from prosecution if they marry their victims" (p 1)
Oct. 28, 2017, 11:24 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-LAW-4, SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“Sometimes women take their own lives rather than submit to this kind of a relationship [in which they have to marry their rapist]. The suicide of a 16-year-old girl in Morocco prompted that country to rescind its law in 2014” (p 12)
Oct. 28, 2017, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon, Philippines, Tajikistan
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

“But these laws [which allow rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victims] are still on the books in countries as far apart as the Philippines, Lebanon and Tajikistan” (p 3)
Oct. 28, 2017, 11:15 p.m.
Countries: Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

“A handful of places have recently repealed these laws [that allow rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victims], including Tunisia, Morocco and, just last week, Jordan” (p 1, 2)
Sept. 28, 2017, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"In a recent case in Somalia that made international headlines, a group of teenage boys who posted a video online of themselves raping two girls tried to avoid jail by paying for their crime in camels" (para 11).
Sept. 28, 2017, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"Morocco overhauled a similar law [allowing rapists to marry their victims] in 2014 following the suicide of a 16-year-old girl and the attempted suicide of a 15-year-old who were forced to marry their rapists" (para 21).
Sept. 28, 2017, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain, Iraq
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"A survey of laws in 73 countries found rapists could avoid punishment if they married their victim in at least nine jurisdictions, including Bahrain, Iraq, Philippines, Tajikistan and Tunisia" (para 2). "Kirkland said Lebanon, Bahrain, Jordan and Iraq were discussing revising laws allowing rapists to escape justice" (para 18).
Sept. 28, 2017, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: Philippines, Tajikistan, Tunisia
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"A survey of laws in 73 countries found rapists could avoid punishment if they married their victim in at least nine jurisdictions, including Bahrain, Iraq, Philippines, Tajikistan and Tunisia" (para 2).
Sept. 28, 2017, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"From Lebanon where a rapist can escape punishment if he marries his victim to India where rape within marriage is legal, bad laws are underpinning a global 'epidemic of sexual violence', legal experts said on Monday" (para 1). "Kirkland said Lebanon, Bahrain, Jordan and Iraq were discussing revising laws allowing rapists to escape justice" (para 18).
Sept. 28, 2017, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"Kirkland said Lebanon, Bahrain, Jordan and Iraq were discussing revising laws allowing rapists to escape justice" (para 18).
Sept. 22, 2017, 7:39 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"El Salvador lawmakers on Thursday unanimously voted to abolish a controversial, 23-year-old law that allowed men to marry underage girls they had impregnated, a practice that critics charged protected sexual assailants from criminal prosecution" (para 1).
Sept. 6, 2017, 9:38 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"Bahrain’s Parliament voted last year to repeal a similar law (in which rapists can go free if they marry the victim). But the executive branch balked, saying the marriage loophole should be revoked only in rape cases involving multiple perpetrators" (p 9)
Sept. 6, 2017, 9:34 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"The Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country, still has a marry-your-rapist loophole, according to an 82-country survey by Equality Now, a women’s rights group" (p 8)
Sept. 6, 2017, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"In 2014, Morocco repealed a provision that allowed convicted rapists to evade punishment by marrying their victims" (p 3)
Sept. 6, 2017, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-3, LRW-LAW-4

"The laws were built around patriarchal attitudes that link a family’s honor directly to a woman’s chastity; the marriage option is aimed at shielding the victim’s family from ‘the scandal,’ as one victim’s brother put it in an interview" (p 2)
Sept. 1, 2017, 1:17 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

“The penal code also allows rapists to escape prosecution if they marry their victims, leading to horrifying cases of abuse, particularly in conservative country areas where families pressure girls to marry their attackers to avoid the social opprobrium and reduced marriage prospects for those known to no longer be virgins” (para 20).
July 26, 2017, 1:03 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"In November 2016, the Turkish government had tabled a bill which proposed that men previously convicted of child abuse could be exonerated if they married the girl...After a public outcry from the AKP’s own women organization, President Erdoğan intervened and stopped the bill" (para 5).
July 5, 2017, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"Egypt repealed Article 291 in 1999, while Morocco repealed Article 475 in 2014, two years after a 16-year-old girl killed herself after being forced to marry her rapist" (para 6). Article 291 in Egypt and Article 475 in Morocco were laws that allowed rapists to avoid punishment if they agreed to marry their victims (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
July 5, 2017, 4:22 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"The Lebanese parliament’s Administration and Justice Committee agreed Dec. 7 to abolish Article 522 of the penal code, which allows rapists to avoid prosecution if they marry their victims. The committee is currently discussing a draft law that will be presented later on to parliament, and it is considering amending articles 503-522 about misdemeanors and honor violations, by adding penalties and forcing stricter punishments" (para 1). "'Article 522 is from the French mandate,' Soulayma Mardam-Bey, the communications officer for ABAAD, told Al-Monitor. 'It provides that in the event of a regular marriage between the perpetrator of a rape and his victim, all proceedings against him shall be suspended and, if ...more
July 5, 2017, 9:53 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"In March 2012, Amina Filali, a 16-year-old Moroccan girl, committed suicide after she was forced to marry her rapist. According to reports, she had been attacked while walking down the street in her hometown of Larache. When her father reported the rape, the prosecutor suggested that Filali and her rapist get married, in accordance with a law that allows an alleged rapist to avoid jail time by marrying his victim. The penal code, known as Article 475, was instituted as a means of protecting a rape victim’s honor, according to women’s right activists. In conservative parts of Morocco...Two years later, following public outcry over Filali’s death, the Moroccan parliament abolished ...more
July 5, 2017, 9:38 a.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"courts can let rapists walk free if they marry their victims. Alia Awada of gender-equality campaigners ABAAD wants Lebanon to abolish the law, saying that, far from protecting a survivor’s honor, it treats them like a criminal" (p 1)