Jordan Ends a Law – level 3

09-08-2017 15:00

In Jordan, a law called Article 308 allowed rapists to marry their victims as a way to avoid punishment, and the Ministry of Justice said that 159 rapists took advantage of the legal loophole from 2010 to 2013. A woman from the Supreme Council for Jordanian Women Forum asked how could a woman be forced to live with her rapist, pointing out that a rapist takes away the woman’s honour, dignity and life.

Some lawmakers argued that victims needed the law to avoid social stigma, but the politicians in the lower house decided to get rid of all the loopholes. Now the politicians in the upper house, as well as Jordan’s king, need to ratify the decision.

Difficult words: legal loophole (a way to avoid being in trouble without breaking a law), dignity (respect), social stigma (when people look down on you for something that happened to you), lower house (part of Jordan’s government), upper house (part of the rest of the government), ratify (make something official by signing it).
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