Women with Abaad campaign stand in silence in Beirut's downtown to press the abolition of penal code article 522, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Lawmakers agreed Wednesday to abolish a controversial penal code article that protects rapists who marry their victims, in a victory for women's rights groups campaigning on the issue. In a unanimous agreement, Parliament's Administration and Justice Committee agreed to abolish Article 522 while discussing a draft law originally presented by Lebanese Forces MP Elie Keyrouz. Hoyek praised the committees' decision and thanked them for their work.Hoyek also expressed gratitude that the committee saw the need to examine other articles in the chapter and to consider harsher punishments for perpetrators.The chapter includes articles 503 through 521, which Ghanem said would also be reviewed.
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