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Draft law amending Penal Code submitted to HPR

The government submitted, on Tuesday, to the House of the People’s Representatives (HPR) a draft law amending certain provisions of the criminal Code, notably by abolishing the provisions of subparagraphs 4 and 5 of article 227 bis.

The Committee on Rights and Freedoms at the HPR has not yet begun examination of the draft law, chairman of the committee Imed Khemiri told TAP.

On December 30, 2016, the government decided to submit to Parliament a draft law – consisting of a single article – amending article 227 bis of the Criminal Code, accompanied by a request for urgent examination, review of the full text of the integral law on violence against women.

This legislative initiative intends to sanction the perpetrators “of a sexual act without violence on a female child under fifteen years of age … the marriage of the guilty with the victim stops the prosecution or the effects of the condemnation”.

The deletion of the provisions of subparagraphs 4 and 5 of article 227 bis of the Criminal Code, according to the draft law, protects the physical integrity of girls without discrimination based on gender, in accordance with article 23 of the Constitution.

The draft law also aims at securing the best interests of the child in accordance with the provisions of article 47 of the Constitution, which prohibit forced marriage for girl victims of the crimes set forth in articles 227 bis and 239 of the Penal Code.

Consent being, according to the latter article, considered non-existent when the age of the victim is under thirteen years of age.

Source: TAP news Agency

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