PAKISTAN has moved towards outlawing domestic violence when lawmakers approved a bill that will punish those found guilty of beating women or children with jail terms and fines.
Domestic violence against women is not considered a major offence in our society. I hope this bill will provide protection to our women against all types of violence in their homes and living places,” Ms Rehman said.
The law was passed unanimously in the lower house of parliament or national assembly today, Yasmi Rehman from the main ruling Pakistan People’s Party said, hailing what she called a “big day” for Pakistani women.
It will come into effect after the senate, or upper house of parliament, approves the law and President Asif Ali Zardari signs it into legislation.
Those found guilty of beating women or children would face a minimum six months behind bars and a fine of at least 100,000 rupees ($1,431.46).
Laws typically reflect a society’s predominant values (yes, I know; that means Canadians don’t care nearly enough about abortion), and I for one am glad to see any country go from “not a major offence” to “crime punishable by jail” when it comes to domestic violence.by