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Lebanon's parliament has abolished a controversial article that allowed rapists to escape prison by marrying their victims.

Wednesday's move by the legislature follows years of campaigning against articles dealing with violence against women.

The law had been in place since the late 1940s and earlier in August, Jordan's parliament repealed a similar law.

The Lebanese law stated that rapists are punishable by up to seven years in prison.

If the rape victim is a person with a special need, physical or mental, the penalty was increased.

Article 522 added that if the violator marries his victim, criminal prosecution is suspended. foxnews.com
An Iranian MP says the government is to present a bill to the Parliament whose ratification will lead to the removal of divorce details from women’s identity documents.

Salman Khodadadi, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s Social Commission, says plans are underway to remove divorce details from the birth certificates of divorced ladies.

“The government’s plan to submit a bill suggesting the word ‘divorce’ be removed from divorced women’s identity certificates is a right and influential decision,” he noted, according to a Farsi report by Mehr. ifpnews.com
The parliament of Nepal has criminalised an ancient Hindu practice called chhaupadi that banishes women from the home during menstruation and after childbirth.

"A woman during her menstruation or post-natal state should not be kept in chhaupadi or treated with any kind of similar discrimination or untouchable and inhuman behaviour," reads the law, passed in a unanimous vote on Wednesday.

The new law, which will come into effect in a year's time, stipulates a three-month jail sentence or a 3,000 rupee fine ($30), or both, for anyone forcing a woman to follow the custom.

Mohna Ansari, a member of national human rights commission who was part of the push for the new law, told Al Jazeera that the development was "a big achievement".

"The law gives an open space for women to come forward if they are forced to follow the practice. It is a custom that makes women feel isolated and puts psychological pressure," she said.

Many communities in Nepal view menstruating women as impure, and in some remote areas, they are forced to sleep in a hut away from home called chhau goth during their periods and after childbirth. aljazeera.com
The Walt Disney Company has been slapped with a lawsuit claiming that more than 40 of its smartphone apps are illegally spying on children.

The class-action lawsuit alleges that Disney is violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

The law, passed in 1998, was designed to protect the privacy of children online.

"COPPA imposes certain requirements on operators of websites or online services directed to children under 13 years of age, and on operators of other websites or online services that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information online from a child under 13 years of age," reads a summary of the law on the Federal Trade Commission's website.

The lawsuit claims that the apps have "trackers" installed into them, which can collect information such as geographical location, internet browsing history and other personal information.

These items are then sold to third-parties for advertising purposes. foxnews.com
Thugs who carry acid on the streets will face up to four years in prison under a new crackdown announced today by prosecutors.

The Crown Prosecution Service said it would in future seek to charge offenders caught with a corrosive substance with possession of an offensive weapon.

The crime carries a potential four year jail term.

Prosecutors will be told to bring even tougher charges – carrying a maximum life sentence – against those who throw acid, even if no harm is caused to the intended victim. 

It said the move was a response to public concern about a spate of horrific attacks and a recognition of the life-changing consequences that can be inflicted by acid and similar substances.

The announcement came as details were released of the most recent acid conviction in which a burglar admitted inflicting 24 per cent burns on a 69-year-old woman by spraying corrosive liquid on her after breaking into her home in Ilford. standard.co.uk
PHOENIX — If the new language in Arizona’s driver’s license manual sounds like something written by Black Lives Matter, there’s a good reason for it.

The provisions tell motorists what to do if they’re pulled over by a police officer and they also provide specific warnings about what not to do, like reaching around in the vehicle or getting out.

The goal is pretty simple, said state Rep. Reginald Bolding, a Laveen Democrat who helped write the section, it’s designed to keep drivers from getting shot by police.

Bolding, who is black, said the record shows that victims of police shootings during traffic stops are more likely to be black or Hispanic.

So Bolding brought together the Arizona departments of transportation and public safety in hopes of coming up with some good — and consistent — advice for drivers when they see flashing lights in the rear-view mirror.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves, whose agency was involved in coming up with the final provisions, said he thinks the advice will help all involved. tucson.com
Barring any last-minute snafus, O.J. Simpson will walk out of prison a free man in about three months, having persuaded a Nevada parole board the bungled hotel-room heist he pulled nearly 10 years ago was a monumental error in judgment and one he will never repeat.

Although he still adamantly maintains he was trying to retrieve his personal property when he barged into a hotel room with five other men in September 2007, he acknowledged repeatedly Thursday that it was something he never should have done.

After a nationally televised hearing that clearly revealed the public’s fascination with Simpson continues, four parole commissioners voted unanimously to release him.

During Thursday’s hearing, the charisma and charm that once made Simpson one of the most popular figures in American pop culture was clearly on display. foxsports.com
Insurance companies in Oregon would be required to cover abortions and other reproductive services at no cost to the patient regardless of income, citizenship status or gender identity under a measure approved Wednesday by lawmakers.

Oregon already has some of the most liberal abortion laws in the U.S., leaving out otherwise common requirements for waiting periods or spending limits on taxpayer funds.

The measure, which does offer some religious-based exemptions, comes as the federal government and other states are seeking restrictions on abortion services.

Oregon's legislation has been in the making for years but was introduced in early March largely in response to Republican congressional leaders' earliest attempts to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care law, which includes minimum coverage requirements for birth control and other reproductive services. go.com