Women in Jordan are holding their breath in the hopes that King Abdullah II will repeal a law that allows rapists to walk free as long as they marry the survivor. 
A royal judiciary committee recently recommended that Article 308 of Jordan’s penal code – which shields rape, statutory rape and kidnap perpetrators from prosecution if they marry their victims- be abolished by the King, who heads both Jordan’s judiciary and parliament.
The decision could come at any time.
Jordanian law currently says that rape is punishable by up to seven years in prison or capital punishment if the victim is aged 15 or under. The outdated statute, however, creates a loophole which suspends any criminal prosecution if the two people involved get married for a minimum of three years. 
According to figures from Jordan’s ministry of justice, 159 rapists avoided punishment by marrying their victims between 2010 – 2013, and 300 rapes were …