Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Does Torah command the rapist to marry his victim?

No! ABSOLUTELY NOT !!! I do not know why this is even an issue for some people? 

This rumor is based on slight inconsistency in the verses of the text in Deuteronomy. So while I understand that some people could misread the text, still it is pretty crazy to think that some people would believe that God would allow this.

Let's take a look at what text of the Torah really says:
CLV Ex 22:16 In case a man entices a virgin who is not betrothed and lies with her he shall pay, yea pay her bride-price as a wife for himself. 
CLV Ex 22:17 If her father refuses, yea refuses to give her to him, he shall weigh out silver according to the bride-price for virgins. 
CLV Dt 22:28 In case a man should find a maiden, a virgin who is not betrothed, and he grasps her and lies with her, and they are found, 
CLV Dt 22:29 then the man who is lying with her must give to the maiden's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall become his wife. Inasmuch as he humiliated her he shall not be able to dismiss her all his days.
So as you can see, in reality, the Torah states that it is up to the father of the victim to decide if she will be married off to the rapist. The woman's opinion also counts, which means that a woman must also agree with this. 

So as you can see, the rapist only commanded marry his victim if she and her father would agree to it. And as you can see from Deut 22:29, a rapist can't divorce his victim all his life.

All in all, I think Torah commands very wise and righteous things. Torah would never force a woman to marry her rapist if she does not want that!!!

P.S. I need to clarify that these verses speak about "a rape of passion" which is similar to the story of Dina in Genesis (see Genesis 34). This means that woman was not hurt during the process and intent of rape was not just sex.

So if we are talking about a forcible rape for the sake of sex which hurt the woman, then other punishments are applicable for a rapist, such as an injury for an injury and/or public lashing.

And in the worst case scenario, if a woman died because of rape, then this is not really rape but murder and blood for blood (capital) punishment apply.

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