New law outlaws domestic abuse
China’s first national law against domestic violence went into force, and legal professionals in the country predicted a sharp decline in the number of cases of spousal and partner abuse.
“Domestic violence won’t stop until offenders see the actual punishments when the law comes into force (on Tuesday),” said Wang Xinliang, a lawyer with the Shandong Xinliang Law Firm, who added that the message will really be driven home when restraining orders and warnings are issued.
The legislation, the second and final draft of which was approved by the State legislature in late December, has been hailed as a milestone in the movement to protect women from physical and psychological abuse at home.
A Chinese sturgeon is released into the Yangtze River in Yichang, Hubei province, on Tuesday. More than 200,000 fish, including 49 sturgeon, were released. The Ministry of Agriculture activated an annual fishing ban along the Yangtze and Huaihe rivers to better protect fish resources. The ban lasts until June 30.