A march on Parliament was organized for today to protest the body's recent rejection of a law that would increased the severity of those who commit ''honor crimes.''
The Jordan Times daily reports that the march is to begin at the Sports City and is in demonstration of the Lower House's rejection last week of the law after only three minutes. Deputies claimed that the government was giving into western ways that ''debase Jordanian society.''
Women and human rights organizations have been pushing for the government to abolish Article 340, which pardons people who kill female relatives found committing adultery from punishment. Additionally, the article reduces the sentence for those who kill a female relative found in a situation of adultery.
Roughly 20 women are killed in the name of family honor each year, although officials and police surgeons say that more than 90 percent of the victims were not actually involved in any sexual activity. A first bill that would have abolished the article was submitted in 1998.
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