Wedding dresses hung on the Beirut sea front

Picture copyright

Activists campaigning to vary Lebanon’s regulation on rape have staged a macabre protest on Beirut’s well-known sea entrance.

What seemed to be greater than 30 white marriage ceremony clothes have been hung from nooses, strung up between the palm bushes.

Lebanese regulation at present permits a rapist to be exonerated if he marries his sufferer.

The activists are urgent to have the laws abolished at an upcoming session of parliament.

Minister for Ladies’s Affairs Jean Oghassabian described the article as being “from the stone age”.

“There are 31 days in a month and each single day, a girl could also be raped and compelled to marry her rapist,” stated Alia Awada from the non-governmental organisation Abaad.

A proposal to scrap Article 522 of the penal code, which offers with rape, assault, kidnapping and compelled marriage, was launched final yr and permitted by a parliamentary committee in February.

Media playback is unsupported in your machine

Media captionLebanese ladies wearing bandages to protest in opposition to the regulation final yr

Activists hope that MPs will vote to abolish it when it goes to a vote on 15 Might.

BBC World Service Center East editor Alan Johnston says the ghostly marriage ceremony clothes swaying within the wind beneath their nooses conjure a way of a brutal snuffing out of life and hope.

That’s the kind of impression the controversial regulation might have on victims of rape, our correspondent says.

The set up was designed in Paris by Lebanese artist Mireille Honein.

She informed AFP information company that Article 522 had left ladies “with out an id” and was “shameful for these imposing it on them”.

Final December, ladies wearing marriage ceremony clothes created from bandages to protest in opposition to the regulation.