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Society: Gaddafi rape victims to be compensated

Tripoli, Libya - Women who were raped during Libya's 2011 uprising that toppled long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi should be recognised as war victims, the cabinet has said in a decree.

The decree, which needs congressional approval, will put the women on the same level as wounded ex-fighters, entitling them to compensation.

During the revolution, the International Criminal Court said it had collected evidence that Col. Gaddafi ordered the rape of women as a weapon against rebel forces.

The number of rape victims is not known, but it is believed that hundreds of women were raped.

Libyan Justice Minister Salah al-Marghani said the decree offers 12 forms of compensation, including financial assistance and physical and psychological health care.

The parents of the victims will also be sponsored to Hajj.

Rape is a taboo in the conservative North African state.

Pana 21/02/2014