Jor­dan ter­mi­nates le­niency op­tion for hon­our crimes

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

AM­MAN, Jor­dan — The lower house of Jor­dan’s par­lia­ment has closed a le­gal loop­hole that gave judges the dis­cre­tion to im­pose light sen­tences for so-called “hon­our crimes.’’

Ac­tivists and the state news agency Pe­tra say law­mak­ers on Sun­day amended an ar­ti­cle of the pe­nal code which cited “se­vere anger’’ a mit­i­gat­ing cir­cum­stance for men who kill fe­male rel­a­tives in the name of “fam­ily hon­our.’’ Some killers served as lit­tle as six months in prison, though courts have got­ten tougher. Ac­tivist Asma Khader praised the de­ci­sion as a “big step for­ward’’ for women in so­cially con­ser­va­tive Jor­dan.

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