Criminal Code

Sections 199(1) and 200 of Malta’s Criminal Code reduce the penalty for abduction if the perpetrator intends to marry the victim on abduction and exempts the perpetrator from prosecution and punishment if that person does in fact marry the person abducted.

Section 199. (1) Whosoever shall, by violence, abduct any person, with intent to abuse or marry such person, shall, on conviction, be liable, in the first case, to imprisonment for a term from eighteen months to three years, with or without solitary confinement, and, in the second case, to imprisonment for a term from nine to eighteen months.


Section 14 of the Constitution of Malta: The State shall promote the equal right of men and women to enjoy all economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights and for this purpose shall take appropriate measures to eliminate all forms of discrimination between the sexes by any person, organisation or enterprise; the State shall in particular aim at ensuring that women workers enjoy equal rights and the same wages for the same work as men.

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