Against Article 308: The Rape and Marry Law

It’s been a frustrating couple of days for those keeping up with women’s rights in Jordan. The news about a 19-year-old who was exonerated after raping a 14-year-old girl in a tent for 3 consecutive days sent shock waves through the Jordanian community. This was due to article 308 of the Jordanian penal code which exempts a rapist from punishment if he marries his victim. The cherry on top was Dr. Khazai, a professor of sociology in Jordan University who claimed that women are different from men, and can overcome such an ordeal if they want to, and that the wife (remember, a 14-year-old kid) should start having kids so they put the situation behind them. 

Fortunately, we managed to translate the anger and frustration into something useful. Tweet after tweet, facebook group after group and as a first step, a couple of us met and constructed an initial action plan, the first fruit of which is this petition that I hope you will sign and share (LINK:

Realistically speaking, changing such a law won’t come that easy nor quickly. Our esteemed parliament, who only manage to be productive when it comes to their pensions hearing, still have about 30 temporary laws to vote on, I’ve been told. But the first step is speaking out and gathering awareness towards this injustice. Because the only thing worse than a law marrying rapists to their victim is it happening with no one to protest it. 

So speak up people! 

7 responses to “Against Article 308: The Rape and Marry Law

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  2. Nadera Al-Sukkar

    can you give me the full name of Dr. Khazai? i couldn’t find him .

  3. Dr. Hussein Khazai. He seems to have changed his mind recently, however.

  4. Nadera Al-Sukkar

    thanks a lot dear! i might accept such comment from an illiterate person! or maybe a someone without a heart! but to come from a professor, its is stupid and humiliating !

  5. Melanie Dostis

    Hi, great blog!

    I’m currently in Jordan studying abroad as a student journalist. I’m writing an article on this petition and I want to look more into women and rape here. I would love to talk to you, if possible. I’m not sure if you’re still in Germany, but maybe we can do it via skype sometime this week or maybe you know people I can talk to here. My email is I think this is a story America needs to know more about and I would love and help or contacts you can share. Thank you!

  6. Is the petition translatable to english? I’d like to sign, but want to read it first…

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