Campaigners celebrate as parliament repeals law that allows rapists to avoid jail by marrying their victims for at least five years

Women’s rights groups have welcomed a “historic decision” by the Jordanian parliament to abolish a law that allows rapists to escape punishment provided they marry their victims.

The lower house of Jordan’s parliament voted on Tuesday to eliminate article 308, which allows rape charges to be dropped as long as the rapist marries their victim and stays married for at least five years. The law stems from a belief that marriage can lessen the stigma associated with rape.

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