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Abducting A Woman Was Legal In Mesopotamia

#9 Abducting A Woman Was Legal In Mesopotamia

The Ur-Nammu code of Mesopotamia is the oldest surviving law code written circa 2100 BC. According to this code, kidnapping was punishable by the death penalty, but only when both the kidnapper and the victim were free people.

If the abductee was a slave, then the abductor would be liable to pay a fine. However, if the victim was a lone woman, her captor would be set free on the grounds that the woman was alone when abducted, and there was no evidence to establish her association with anyone else.

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