Lebanon abolishes ‘marry your rapist’ law, joining other Arab states – Reuters

Lebanon on Wednesday joined other Arab nations in abolishing a law that lets rapists escape punishment if they marry their victims in a move applauded by women’s rights campaigners.

On the heels of Jordan scrapping its law earlier this month, and Tunisia doing so last month, Lebanese lawmakers voted to do away with article 522 in the Lebanese penal code.

The article includes a provision that lets a rapist off the hook if he marries his victim, and its abolition follows a lengthy – and often graphic – campaign by activists.

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