Rapists can now get a prison sentence of up to 30 years.
Somaliland, which was declared an independent country from Somali in 1991, just passed its first law against rape, BBC reports.
Rapists can now get a prison sentence of up to 30 years. Prior to the law being passed, a rape victim's family could force them to marry their rapist to avoid being shamed.
Islam passed the best law against rape 14 centuries ago and ways to prevent rapping. There are no better laws and ways #Somaliland #Somalia https://t.co/5vVLLkseXW
— Abdirizak Dahir 🇸🇴 (@AbdirisaqDahir) 9 January 2018
Great step for women in Somaliland! Rape is such a taboo subject in this part of the world, it's great that rape is being acknowledged and they are taking steps to protect victims from further violations https://t.co/Cxxf37qR9q
— Hermola (@Hermola) 9 January 2018
As much as it's shocking that this law is only being passed now, it's worth noting that there is still no law against rape in Somalia.
The law being passed in Somaliland is a result of children and women's rights groups lobbying for it.