Boring Law Stuff Part II – Women’s rights under Egyptian Law

Posted on August 13, 2007

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Criminal Law – continued
The law punishes a person who causes a woman to miscarry by violent or other means with a sentence ranging from 3 to 15 years. However, it does not punish an attempt to cause a miscarriage.

IMPROVEMENTS
In 1998 Parliament struck down the clause of the criminal code that stipulated that convictions of kidnapping and rape were reversed in the event that a kidnapper or rapist consents to marry his victim. It is no longer possible for such a criminal to escape serving his sentence in this manner.

Parliament also enacted a new Personal Status Law in 2000, making it procedurally easier to obtain divorces and other variations on family law matters. This law was also amended to reintroduce a jail penalty for those defaulting on spousal support or alimony payments. New family courts were also established to implement these laws, with specialized judges and prosecutors, as well as a mediation office.
The first – and only – female judge was appointed in 2003. However, the appointment of new female judges is still fraught with controversy, meeting opposition from many groups, including the influential Judge’s Club.

In 1998 the court upheld the ban on female circumcision. It continues, however, apace.

As a matter of fact, much of this is available online, in reports issued by various NGOs.

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