Monday, June 15, 2009

harsher prison sentences even for 'honour' murders

We are at last moving in the right direction in the sentencing of those who commit murder for whatever reason. The minimum sentence will be five years even if families etc drop charges. And that includes juveniles.

These new laws and amendments to the Penal Code are going through the Parliament at the moment. And there are certainly some other interesting ones on paper. Seems the age of consent for sexual relations is being highered from 15 to 18 years. So any man having sex with a girl under the age of 18 (even if it is with consent) will be charged with rape and receive a minimum sentence of 15 years. T

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

YEAH!!!! VIVA JORDANIAN BLOGGERS!!! WE CHANGED THE SYSTEM!!!

I think the nasty, heated debate that took place a few months ago on the Jordanian blogosphere and the pressure on the royal court to embarrass them to live up to its anti-honor killing slogans did bear fruits.

YES!!! CITIZEN ACTION AT WORK!!!

Monday, June 15, 2009  
Blogger Patricia said...

It has still got to get through Parliament!!!

Monday, June 15, 2009  
Blogger kinzi said...

Thanks for this post, T, it really is encouraging.

Monday, June 15, 2009  
Blogger joladies said...

Ironic isn't it that a prison sentence for rape is 15 years, but murdering a woman in the name of 'honor' may be only 5 years? Still, 5 years is an improvement from 3 to months. Let's hope this passes Parliament, and we can hope for even more improvement in the future. ASH

Tuesday, June 16, 2009  

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