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Jamaica: Rape Law Looms – Senate Approves Report Of Sexual Offences Act And Related Statutes

A report from a joint select committee that deliberated on the Sexual Offences Act and related statutes was yesterday approved by the Upper House, setting the stage for husbands to be criminally charged for raping their wives, a move bound to provoke some religious conservatives who insist marriage gives unconditional consent in sexual affairs.

Kamina Johnson Smith, leader of government business in the Senate, yesterday led the debate on the report which was later approved by lawmakers.

The joint select committee had reviewed the Sexual Offences, the Domestic Violence, the Offences Against the Person and the Child Care and Protection Acts.

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