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Draft law to abolish Article 522 moves to Parliament

BEIRUT: A draft law to abolish the Penal Code Article 522 that allowed for rapists to escape prosecution by marrying their victims was sent to Parliament for ratification, an NGO said Thursday. The agreement was a victory for NGOs that had been campaigning on the issue. Alia Awada, advocacy manager for women’s rights NGO ABAAD told AFP that she was hopeful that Parliament would vote to change the law. “The committee took its time during discussions to reach consensus among all the members from the main political parties to avoid any obstacles to the vote in the Parliament later,” she said. Parliament’s Administration and Justice Committee agreed to abolish Article 522 on Dec. 8, 2016 but further discussed the draft law, which encompassed articles 503 through 522, before referring it to Parliament to be ratified. The article deals with crimes in the chapter of the Penal code titled “Assault on Honor.”

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 17, 2017, on page 3.




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