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Artist paints scathing picture of Jordan rape law

In her most recent exhibition, Jordanian painter Rand Abdelnur condemns Article 308 of Jordan’s penal code, which offers rapists escape from punishment through marrying their victims.

Creating a visual memory of raped women’s pain and portraying their interior voices are the aims of the artist Rand Abdelnur’s first solo exhibition titled “Woman II: Adorned with Jasmine” in Amman, Jordan.

Her paintings address Article 308 of the Jordanian penal code, a controversial article still at the core of socio-political debate in Jordan. The passage states: “If a valid contract of marriage is made between the perpetrator (of any of the offenses mentioned in this section) and the victim, the prosecution is suspended. If judgment was already passed, the implementation of the punishment upon the sentenced person is suspended.”

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