Penal Code No. 58 of 1937

  • Country: Egypt
  • Law status: Discriminatory law in force
  • Law Type: Honor Killings

Article 237 of Egypt’s Penal Code No. 58 allows for a lesser punishment for men who kill their wives on discovering them in an act of adultery than for other forms of murder.

Article 237. Whoever surprises his wife in the act of adultery and kills her on the spot together with her adulterer-partner shall be punished with detention instead of the penalties prescribed in articles 234 and 236.

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Article 237 of the Egyptian Penal Code allows for a lesser punishment for men who kill their wives than for other forms of murder.

Article 53 of the Constitution of Egypt: All citizens are equal before the law. They are equal in rights, freedoms and general duties without discrimination based on religion, belief, sex, origin, race, color, language, disability, social class, and affiliation.

Contact Information:

Sherif Ismail Mohamed
Magless El Shaàb Street
Al Kasr El Einy
Cairo
EGYPT
Tel: +1 212 503 0300 (Mission to the UN in New York)
Fax: +1 212 949 5999 (Mission to the UN in New York)
Email: pm@cabinet.gov.eg
Twitter: @egyptgovportal
Facebook: www.facebook.com/egyptgovportal

Article 237. Whoever surprises his wife in the act of adultery and kills her on the spot together with her adulterer-partner shall be punished with detention instead of the penalties prescribed in articles 234 and 236.

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Law explanation: 

Article 237 of Egypt’s Penal Code No. 58 allows for a lesser punishment for men who kill their wives on discovering them in an act of adultery than for other forms of murder.

Note: 

Article 237 of the Egyptian Penal Code allows for a lesser punishment for men who kill their wives than for other forms of murder.

Article 53 of the Constitution of Egypt: All citizens are equal before the law. They are equal in rights, freedoms and general duties without discrimination based on religion, belief, sex, origin, race, color, language, disability, social class, and affiliation.

Contact Infomation: 

Sherif Ismail Mohamed
Magless El Shaàb Street
Al Kasr El Einy
Cairo
EGYPT
Tel: +1 212 503 0300 (Mission to the UN in New York)
Fax: +1 212 949 5999 (Mission to the UN in New York)
Email: pm@cabinet.gov.eg
Twitter: @egyptgovportal
Facebook: www.facebook.com/egyptgovportal

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