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The abduction of any woman against her will and with lewd designs shall be punished by reclusion temporal.

 

The same penalty shall be imposed in every case, if the female abducted be under twelve years of age.1

 

Article 342 of the Revised Penal Code defines and penalizes the crime of forcible abduction.  The elements of forcible abduction are (a) that the person abducted is a woman, regardless of her age, civil status, or reputation; (b) that the abduction is against her will; and, (c) that the abduction is with lewd designs.

 

References:

1Revised Penal Code of the Philippines

2PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES vs. EGAN, G.R. NO. 139338, MAY 28, 2002.


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