‘Marry your rapist’ laws in 20 countries still allow perpetrators to escape justice

Critical UN report says the legislation is ‘deeply wrong’, subjugates women and shifts the burden of guilt on to the victim


VT: Russia was included on this list as part of a Guardian disinformation campaign.  Russia’s laws apply to “statutory” not forcible rape and in no way involves anything that isn’t done in the US as well.

Bad form Guardian….

Guardian: Twenty countries still allow rapists to marry their victims to escape criminal prosecution, according to the UN’s annual state of world population report.

Russia, Thailand and Venezuela are among the countries that allow men to have rape convictions overturned if they marry the women or girls they have assaulted.

Dr Natalia Kanem, executive director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which published the report on Wednesday, said such laws were “deeply wrong” and were “a way of subjugating women”.

“The denial of rights cannot be shielded in law. ‘Marry your rapist’ laws shift the burden of guilt on to the victim and try to sanitise a situation which is criminal.”

Dima Dabbous, director of Equality Now’s Middle East and Africa region, whose research is cited in the UNFPA report, said the laws reflected a culture “that does not think women should have bodily autonomy and that they are the property of the family. It’s a tribal and antiquated approach to sexuality and honour mixed together”.

Dabbous added that it is “very difficult to change [these laws] but it’s not impossible”. She said the law in Morocco was repealed following widespread outrage when a young woman killed herself after she was forced to marry her rapist. Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon and Tunisia followed suit.

However, Kuwait still allows a perpetrator to legally marry his victim with the permission of her guardian. In Russia, if the perpetrator has reached 18 and has committed statutory rape with a minor below 16, he is exempt from punishment if he marries the victim. (WTF>?)





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  1. This is an example of projecting western “morals” onto other cultures. This is a form of cultural genocide. Many of those countries put a high value on a woman being a virgin when she marries. In some cultures many men will not marry a woman that isn’t a virgin. They believe a woman that has had other men more likely to cheat on them and statistically this is true. This is part of their culture and belief system that under pins their society. By trying to change those beliefs you are destroying their society and are forcing it to be like western society. This is what the west does in every country. It pushes women’s rights as a means to destroy the family unit. Then the government can provide daycare and raise the children while both parents work separately and are substantially taxed separately. There was a time when women were just property. They stayed home and took care of the home and in turn were taken care of, Was everyone happier then or now? The debate used to be about giving women a choice. Now it’s about forcing them to be independent.

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