[Dt 22:13-21]:

(v. 13) "If a man takes a wife and, after lying with her, dislikes her

(v. 14) and slanders her and gives her a bad name, saying, 'I married this woman, but when I approached her, I did not find proof of her virginity.

(v. 15) then the girls father and mother shall bring proof that she was a virgin to the town elders at the gate.

(v. 16) The girl's father will say to the elders, 'I gave my daughter in marriage to this man, but he dislikes her.

(v. 17) Now he has slandered her and said, 'I did not find your daughter to be a virgin.' But here is the proof of my daughter's virginity.' Then her parents shall display the cloth before the elders of the town,

(v. 18) and the elders shall take the man and punish him.

(v. 19) They shall fine him a hundred shekels of silver and give them to the girl's father, because this man has given an Israelite virgin a bad name. She shall continue to be his wife; he must not divorce her as long as he lives.

(v. 20) If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the girl's virginity can be found,

(v. 21) she shall be brought to the door of her father's house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done a disgraceful thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father's house. You must purge the evil from among you.

(v. 22) If a man is found sleeping with another man's wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die. You must purge the evil from Israel.

(v. 23) If a man happens to meet in a town a virgin pledged to be married and he sleeps with her,

(v. 24) you shall take both of them to the gate of that town and stone them to death - the girl because she was in a town and did not scream for help, and the man because he violated another man's wife. You must purge the evil from among you.

(v. 25) But if out in the country a man happens to meet a girl pledged to be married and rapes her, only the man who has done this shall die.

(v. 26) Do nothing to the girl; she has committed no sin deserving death. This case is like that of someone who attacks and murders his neighbor.

(v. 27) for the man found the girl out in the country, and though the betrothed girl screamed, there was no one to rescue her.

(v. 28) If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered,

["rapes" = "taphas" = lay hold on her, lit., and-he-forces-her]

(v. 29) he shall pay the girl's father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives."

The law is explained this way by Rabbi Moses Maimonides (Rambam), writing some 800 years ago, in _Mishnei Torah_ Hil. Na`ara Betula, 1:3:

'''...But the raped [woman] who does not want [to marry the rapist], whether she or her father does not want her to be married to the rapist, it is permitted to either of them [i.e. the woman or her father] to refuse the marriage, and the rapist pays a fine and the matter is settled. If she wants [to marry the rapist] and this is also her father's wish, they force him to, and he pays a fine, as it says in Scripture, "...and to him she shall be for a wife," and this is a prescription. Even if she is lame or blind or leperous, he is forced to marry her and can not send her out by his own will ever, as Scripture says, "... and he is not permitted to send her away all his days," and this is a prohibition.'''

[Anold G. Fruchtenbaum, Director Ariel ministries states]:

"The requirement of Deuteronomy 22:28 for the woman to marry her rapist is based on the principle that having taken away her virginity forcefully, and therefore making her less marriageable in the context of that period, he is, therefore, obligated to pay for it for the rest of his life. By marrying her, he is now obligated to provide for her physically for the rest of her life. While normally a man would be able to divorce his wife by giving her a Bill of Divorcement, in this case, he is forbidden to ever divorce his wife and, therefore, it is a lifetime obligation that he has from then on. This should be coupled with the statement in Exodus 22:16-17 which teaches that the father of the girl has the option not to have her marry the rapist, but forcing the rapist to pay a much higher price which is to adopt a virgin's dowry. At any rate, the purpose of the law was not to do something bad for the virgin woman, but to place the rapist under a lifelong obligation."