New law out­laws do­mes­tic abuse

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

HUANG XIANG / CHINA DAILY

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.

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