Abolish 153 campaign seeks to rid Kuwait of “honour-killing” law

A campaign is gaining steam in Kuwait to abolish an outdated ‘honour-killing law’ which charges men who kill their female family members who engage in sex outside of marriage to get off with only a misdemeanour crime punishable by a three-year prison sentence (or less) and/or a maximum fine of 225 Kuwaiti dinars ($744, Dh2,840).

The contentious Article 153 was instituted 57 years ago and actually predates Kuwait’s independence from Great Britain. Dr. Alanoud Al Sharekh, a prominent rights activist from Kuwait and consultant at Ibtkar Strategic Consultancy, tells Gulf News that the law has nothing to do with Kuwaiti culture. “It’s actually colonial baggage,” she says, laughingly.

While the actual number of so-called ‘honour killings’ is very low — only one incident was reported between 2005-2010 when a girl was murdered by her brothers — Abolish 153 wants to get rid of archaic and backwards laws ‘once and for all’.

Source Credit: Khaleej Times
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