Lebanon scraps their own version of '308'

MENA

Published: 2017-08-16 18:38

Last Updated: 2017-08-16 22:39


Art installation in Beirut protesting the law using wedding dresses. (Photo Credit: AP/Hussein Malla)
Art installation in Beirut protesting the law using wedding dresses. (Photo Credit: AP/Hussein Malla)
Roya News Source

Lebanese parliament has voted to abolish a contraversial law allowing rapists to escape persecution by marrying their victims. Sound familiar?

The proposal to repeal Article 522 of the penal code, dealing with rape, kidnapping, assault and forced marriage, was introduced last year and approved by parliamentary committee in February. 

Activists have campaigned against the law for years, posting images of women in torn and bloody wedding dresses on billboards. 

Human Rights Watch praised the decision, but stressed the importance of doing more to secure women's rights. 

Two weeks ago, Jordanian parliament voted to repeal a law of the same nature, while Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt have also repealed similar laws over the years. 

Other Arab countries are expected to follow suit, as the law is still in place in Algeria, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Libya, Kuwait, and in other countries as well such as Tajikistan, the Philipines and some countries in Latin America, according to al-Jazeera.