JORDAN: “Rape-Marriage” Law exempts the rapist from punishment

JORDAN (West Asia)

Population:  6.5 million

An estimated 58% of the population is under the age of 25. 

Fertility Rate:  7.9 children/woman (1970) vs. 3.1 children/woman (2010)

Life Expectancy:  61 years (1970) vs. 73 years (2010)

Infant mortality: 15.83 deaths/1,000 live births

Male/Female Ratio:  1.03 male / female

Major Religion: Islam

– Penal Code Article 308 allows rape charges to be dropped if the perpetrator agrees to marry the victim.  He cannot divorce the woman for five years.

– The divorce rate for new marriages in Jordan is 70%.  More than 16,000 cases for divorce were filed in Jordan’s Sharia courts in 2011.

– The average age at marriage in Jordan is 29.5 years for men and 26.5 years for women. Twenty years ago the average age was 20 for men and 18 for women.  

 – The raging prices and the lack of employment opportunities make it harder for Jordanians to settle down.  94% of men between ages 20 and 24 were single. In the 25-29 age group the rate of bachelors stood at 65%. As for women, 67% of those in the 20-24 age group were unmarried.  5% of women age 35-39 had never married in 1990; and this has reached 15% in 2009.

– 59% of married women are currently using a contraception method.  The IUD is the most popular method, with 23% of married women using it, followed by use of the pill (8%)

– Anemia is common among women in Jordan; about one in four women are anemic (25%).

-Jordan has a total migrant population of more than 2 million, which accounts for 42.1% of the total population.  

– Many of the country’s 70,000 domestic workers fromSri Lanka,Indonesiaand the Philippines are subjected to beatings and their passports are confiscated by their employers, rendering them unable to leave. Some are subjected to conditions of forced labor, including unlawful withholding of passports, restrictions on movement, non-payment of wages, threats, and physical or sexual abuse.

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