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It is certain that there will be fewer marriage proposals made by rapists to their victims, now that the People’s Assembly has approved the annulment of clause 291 of the Penal Code, which waives aside criminal charges against a rapist if he offers to marry his victim. The removal of the clause is...
The infamous Article 291 of the penal code, which exempts a rapist from punishment if he marries his victim, was canceled by the People’s Assembly on 20 April. Lawyers and women’s activists, who’d been pushing for years for amendment to the law, hailed the decision as a partial victory for women’s...
On April 3, President Hosni Mubarak issued a decree that would clip the wings of rapists and make it impossible for them to escape prosecution. The decree repealing Article 291 was approved by the cabinet the next day.
The Council of the Ministers recently agreed on canceling article 291, which states that the kidnapper should be exempt from punishment if he legally marries his victim. The Minister of Justice said the cancellation of this article is for the benefit of the society because this article will...
Certain modifications could be made and if these modifications do not satisfy the requirements of the society, then they should be canceled.
Dr. Nasr Farid Wassel, the mufti of Egypt, confirmed that the marriage of the rapist with his victim should not prevent him from being punished.
Under the existing law, a rapist has the choice of either facing criminal charges or marrying his victim. Article 290 of the Penal Code stipulates that rape is punishable by death, but Article 291 states that if a rapist offers to marry his victim and she agrees, criminal charges are dropped and...
Dr. Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi, Sheikh Al-Azhar has been much opposed by more conservative or radical Muslims. Examples are given.

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