Country Qatar
Year 2004
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation, Monitoring and Evaluation > Laws
Form of Violence Sexual violence

Brief Description

Sexual violence against women

  • Sexual intercourse with a woman without her consent (article 279);
  • Consensual sexual intercourse with a woman in the knowledge that she is insane, mentally disabled or  below the age of 16 (article 280);
  • Violation of an individual's honour without their consent;
  • Violation of an individual's honour with their consent but in the knowledge that they are insane, mentally disabled, below the age of 16, or unable to give consent for any other reason; are unaware of the nature of the act; or believe it to be legal (article 287).

Physical violence against women

  • Kidnapping of a woman (article 318);
  • Slavery (human trafficking, article 321);

Violating the modesty of a woman

  • Obscene gestures, words or actions that violate a woman's modesty in a public place (article 290);
  • Violating the modesty of a woman with words, sounds, gestures, displays or unwelcome advances (article 291).

Procurement for prostitution

  • Inducing, persuading or enticing a woman to engage in prostitution or to go to a brothel in order to engage in prostitution (article 296.2);
  • To present, offer or hand over a woman for purposes of sexual exploitation (article 296.5).

Full Text

Penal Code, Law No. 11

Source of Information

Response of the Government of Qatar to the questionnaire on violence against women, 2008