The Jordanian Parliament abolished the article of the criminal code of the Kingdom that allowed rapists to avoid punishment if he married his victim. The marriage had to last at least three years.
Article 308 was for many years a stumbling block. Her supporters claimed that she not only meets the norms of traditional society, but also requires man to take care of his victim, which otherwise would have been an outcast.
From the point of view of human rights activists, the article was a violation of fundamental human rights. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside Parliament during the vote to urge MPs to cancel.
«It’s a festive and historic day not only for Jordan but for the entire region. We have achieved this thanks to an Alliance of women’s organizations, civil society and human rights defenders,» — said after the announcement of results of voting the head of the National women’s Committee of Jordan, Salma Nims.
The first state, in which such article was cancelled, was Lebanon. The controversy on this issue is in other Arab countries.