7 Absurd And Archaic Laws in the Philippines

 

1. ANTI-RAPE LAW OF 1997 – Article 266, Section C

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THE PROVISION: “The subsequent valid marriage between the offended party shall extinguish the criminal action or the penalty imposed. In case it is the legal husband who is the offender, the subsequent forgiveness by the wife as the offended party shall extinguish the criminal action or the penalty: Provided, that the crime shall not be extinguished or the penalty shall not be abated if the marriage is void ab initio.”

WHAT IT MEANS: The offender being free from criminal liability after marrying the victim is tied closely to a Spanish-era provision in the Revised Penal Code, specifically Article 344 which states “in cases of seduction, abduction, acts of lasciviousness and rape, the marriage of the offender with the offended party shall extinguish the criminal action or remit the penalty already imposed upon him.”

As to the forgiveness thing, the rationale behind it is to afford the offending husband a chance to start anew with his wife.

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