Despite the country's pro-Western political orientation and cosmopolitan urban elites, many areas of Jordan remain socially conservative, with entrenched notions of "family honor".
"BRAVO #JORDAN for repealing heinous article 308 absolving rapists who marry their victims".
Tarawneh called for a vote and the MPs voted in favour of rejecting the Lower House's Legal Committee recommendations and accepting the government's proposal.
Mazen Arshidat, head of the Jordanian Lawyers' Syndicate, for his part, said the parliamentary decision would be submitted to the assembly's second chamber on Wednesday before being referred to King Abdullah II for final approval.
Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt have repealed similar laws and changes to the penal code are pending in both Lebanon and Bahrain. Jordan's cabinet supported scrapping the portion of Article 308 in April.
A handful of countries, including several in the Arab world as well as in the Philippines, a majority Catholic country, have maintained legal provisions for men accused or convicted of rape to avoid punishment.
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Dima Barakat, a leading activist, said that those forcing a girl to marry her rapist "are killing this girl a thousand times a day, at least".
Cheers went up from the spectators gallery in Parliament when the measure passed, according to an Associated Press report from Amman, the Jordanian capital.
Nims said before the vote that numerous lawmakers had been undecided.
Women who are raped in Jordan often face a lot of stigma from family members and their communities, accused of bringing "dishonour" to their families.
Human rights activists applauded parliament's action.