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Jordan: Imprisoned women, stolen children: Policing sex, marriage and pregnancy in Jordan

Index Number: MDE 16/0831/2019

This report documents how women accused of being “absent from home”, eloping, or having sex outside marriage, risk imprisonment without charge or trial in Jordan if male family members complain to the authorities. Provincial governors’ mis(use) their powers to detain women, often for months, until male family members accept them back. Where family members demand it, police also take women in custody for a “virginity test”.

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