Jordan Times, Rana Husseini – In a historic vote on Tuesday 1 August, the Lower House of Parliament decided to abolish the controversial Article 308 of the Penal Code that allowed sexual assault perpetrators to escape punishment by marrying the victims.

“The abolishment of Article 308 today and the amendment of Article 98 are long awaited achievements for the rights of Jordanian women and for all Jordanians who stand for justice and equality,” Princess Basma posted on her Facebook page.

“My warmest congratulations to everyone who worked so hard, as well as those whose convictions helped to bring about this historic milestone in the rule of law,” Princess Basma added.

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