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Women, children still not equal under the law, women’s group says

By JT - Jan 24,2017 - Last updated at Jan 24,2017

AMMAN — The Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW) has urged the government to amend several laws which still discriminate against women and children.

In a paper presented to the government, the JNCW said that it has presented similar papers to consecutive governments, and every new Parliament.

It aims to remind them of laws which need to be amended in order to protect the rights of women and children in Jordan, the JNCW said in a statement issued on Monday. 

The government has recently sent draft amendments to Penal Code to Parliament for discussion and approval.

“There is a sense of delay in amending laws and [stiffening] punishments in cases of domestic violence and other crimes that our society is witnessing,” the JNCW said in its statement.

The JNCW also expressed its concerns over terminology still used in the Penal Code, which “only links women to reputation, honour and chastity, [thereby clearly discriminating] against women and their status in society”. 

The commission renewed its call to repeal Article 308 of the Penal Code, which allows rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victim.

The government recently amended the controversial article, but did not eliminate it entirely as the women’s movement demanded.

The amendments still allow rapists to marry the victims if they are under the age of 18.

“It would be fair and just for all victims of rape if this article were entirely removed from the legal books,” the JNCW said, adding that it would “close a bad chapter in our history and ensure dignity for rape victims”.

Other controversial articles mentioned in the JNCW paper included the clear identification of sexual harassment against women and ensuring tough punishment for perpetrators.

 

The JNCW sent its list of demands to the prime minister, the minister of justice, and the Lower House speaker and the president of the Senate, in addition to other relevant committees in Parliament.

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WHILE THIS IS TRUE, WE WANT TO KNOW WHICH WOMEN AND CHILDREN THAT DO NOT HAVE EQUAL CIVIL RIGHTS. ARE TALKNING ABOUT JORDANIAN WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN WHO FOUND THEMSELVES ON THE WRONG SIDE OF RELIGIOUS AND / OR TRIBAL DOCTRINE OF PUNISHING JORDANIAN WOMEN MARRIED TO NON JORDANIAN MEN OR THE TRADITION OF BASHING ALL WOMEN? THE FAMOUS ARTICLE 308 OF THE PENAL CODE IS THE A PEPETUAL HORROR SENTENCE APPLIED TO THE FAMILIES OF OF JORDANIAN WOMEN MARRIED TO NON JORDANIAN MEN. IT DOES NOT MATTER HOW YOU KILL FROM HANGING TO STARVATION BECAUSE THESE FAMILIES ARE EXCLUDED FROM THEIR SHARE OF NATIONAL CAKE, PSCHOSOCIAL HUMILIATION OF SEING YOURSELF TRASHED AND THE LIST GOES ON WITH COMMON DENOMINATOR OF PUNISHENT AND DEATH. LOOK AT THIS CASE. I WAS JUST IN JORDAN FOR THREE WEEKS AND MY JORDANIAN WIFE WAS AWAY TO HER POST AND WE MERCEDES BENZ PARKED BUT I CAN NOT DRIVE IT NOR MY SON BUT RATHER DEND ON TAXI AND WALKING TO DO ERRAND AND MY IN LAWS AND BY THE WAY WE ARE CLASSIFIED AS TOURISTS WITH NO RIGHTS. IS THIS PENAL CODE 308A OR JUST BUSINESS AS USUAL. AS WE WELCOM MR TRUMP'S PRESIDENCY, THIS CASE WILL GO DIRECTLY TO HIS TWEET ACCOUNT TO RECTIFY. PLAY BY THE RULE OR WE FIRE RIGHT BACK WITH REVOCATIONS OF GREEN CARDS AND EVEN CITIZENSHIPS GRANTED TO ANY JORDANIAN MARRIED TO A US CITIZEN. THE GAME IS ON AND ONLY GOD KNOWS THE END POINT.

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