Jordanian jailed for sexual abuse of daughter

Court says he raped her 200 times in 9 years


A Jordanian was sentenced on Wednesday to 13 years in prison with hard labor for sexually assaulting his 20-year-old daughter more than 200 times since she was 11, a judicial official said.

"The father, 46, used to sexually abuse his daughter when her mother and brother were out of the house, and he threatened her not to tell anybody" in Marka, near Amman, the official told AFP.

"Last year, the girl's aunt wanted to find her a husband, but the girl refused and started to cry. Her aunt insisted to know the reason, so the girl told her about everything."

Rape of a female under 15 is punishable by death in Jordan.

"The girl lost her virginity when she was over 15 years old after her father raped her," another judicial source said.

A 40-year-old man was sentenced to death this month for raping a 14-year-old girl nine times in January.

Israa Tawalbeh, Jordan's first female coroner told AFP that between 1,300 and 1,400 cases of sexual assault against children are reported in the kingdom every year.