Women protest Lebanese law absolving rapists who marry victims.. (photo credit:screenshot)
A campaign protesting and article of Lebanon’s penal code which exempts rapists from punishment if they marry their victims made major strides last week, according to a report on Al-ARabi Al-Yawm TV translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute TV Monitor Project.
Women took to the streets of Beirut wearing blood-stained wedding dresses with signs that said “A white dress does not cover up rape. Undress 522,” referring to the number of the penal article in question. The demonstration was an act by the Beirut-based Resource Center for Gender Equality (ABAAD) association on December 6. The rally prompted the parliamentary Committee for Administration and Justice to announce they would abolish the article on December 7.
The details of this change are due to be deliberated on Wednesday before being referred to the Lebanese parliament for ratification.