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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Pakistan moves to outlaw domestic violence

Pakistan moved towards outlawing domestic violence when lawmakers approved a bill Tuesday that will punish those found guilty of beating women or children with jail terms and fines.
The law was passed unanimously in the lower house of parliament or national assembly, Yasmin Rehman from the main ruling Pakistan People's Party told AFP, 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 (1,205 dollars). "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," Rehman said. Pakistan moves to outlaw domestic violence By Khurram Shahzad

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