The women stood in a line to represent the victims of crimes currently included in the article.
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A symbolic sit-in was held Tuesday to call on lawmakers to abolish an article of the penal code that protects rapists who marry their victims, on the eve of a decisive parliamentary committee session on the draft law Wednesday.The committee is expected to continue its discussion of a draft law that calls for the abolishment of Article 522 originally presented by Lebanese Forces MP Elie Keyrouz.The crimes that the article refers to come at the end of the first chapter titled "Assault on Honor" and include rape, kidnapping, indecency, seduction and the violation of the sanctity of women's spaces.Anani explained that victims of rape have the right to not be forced into any decision, but noted that in cases of rape, forced marriage to the perpetrator constitute yet another form of violence toward the victim.Hoyek explained that they've seen a genuine intention among officials to not just amend the article, but to abolish it.
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