Jordan – Penal Code Article 308 ‘the rape law….’

Posted: March 4, 2015 in Saudi Arabia

This is Zohra Filali the mother of rape victim, Amina Filali who committed suicide, shows a picture of her daughter at their family rather than live with dishonour and bring shame on her family

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In April a 14-year-old girl was shopping in the northern city of Zarqa when a 19-year-old man kidnapped her, took her to the desert where he had a pitched a tent and raped her for three consecutive days

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/06/28/223266.html

In Jordan, under penal code Article 308 – known as the “rape-law” –  rapists can walk free if they agreed to marry the victim

Israa Tawalbeh, the first female coroner,  said

“Accepting marriage under Article 308 is better than leaving girls to be killed by their parents or relatives,”

Hani Jahshan, forensic pathologist and physician at the health ministry and the Family Protection Directorate, blamed social misconceptions,

“This law is a stark violation of rights of women and children,” he said “Sexual violence has a deep impact on victims that could last for a long time, and if a raped girl marries her rapist, her suffering will only be aggravated.”

“Society believes that a female’s virginity must be preserved until marriage. This forces girls to marry their rapists in order to protect her reputation and avoid social problems,.”
“Society believes that a female’s virginity must be preserved until marriage. This forces girls to marry their rapists in order to protect her reputation and avoid social problems,”

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Perhaps a silent prayer in your lunch break for the families or if you have more time, a letter/email to the Jordanian Embassy in your home country…

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Comments
  1. Sandy says:

    This is terrible. Those laws need to be changed.

  2. Pretty dreadful isn’t it :’-(

    Israa Tawalbeh says,

    “Accepting marriage under Article 308 is better than leaving girls to be killed by their parents or relatives,”

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