PAKISTAN: Domestic Violence Is Now A Criminal Offense

The Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill was passed by the Senate and will soon come into effect when President Asif Ali Zardari signs it into law.   Those found guilty of beating  women or children may face at least six months in prison and a fine of at least 100,000 rupees ($1,100).  Previously, cases of this nature were considered a domestic affair, hence the police has no authority to make arrests.


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