Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence penal­ties are tough­ened

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

Com­mit­ting do­mes­tic vi­o­lence can re­sult in penal­ties as se­vere as the death sen­tence, ac­cord­ing to a guide­line re­leased by China’s top ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties.

The guide­line gives clear def­i­ni­tion on crimes re­lat­ing to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, in­clud­ing in­ten­tional in­jury, homi­cide, and abuse, and spec­i­fies penal­ties for such crimes.

China still lacks a spe­cial law on do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, which causes legal dif­fi­cul­ties in do­mes­tic vi­o­lence crim­i­nal cases, dif­fi­cul­ties such as start­ing legal pro­ce­dures and giv­ing ver­dicts, Yang Wanming, a judge at the Supreme Peo­ple’s Court, said.

Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in China has in­creased in re­cent years. Ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased by All-China Women’s Fed­er­a­tion last year, nearly 40 per­cent of Chi­nese women who are mar­ried or in­volved in a re­la­tion­ship ex­pe­ri­ence phys­i­cal or sex­ual abuse, and only 7 per­cent of women sur­veyed who had ex­pe­ri­enced do­mes­tic vi­o­lence called the po­lice.

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