Beijing is­sues first pro­tec­tion or­der for hus­band

Man’s wife could be de­tained for 15 days and fined 1,000 yuan for vi­o­lat­ing new law

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CHEN MENGWEI chen­meng­wei@ chi­

A court in Beijing on Sun­day handed down its first pro­tec­tion or­der for a hus­band who had been re­peat­edly beaten by his wife.


Since get­ting mar­ried in 2014, the hus­band said they had fre­quently quar­reled over mi­nor is­sues.

The hus­band said he was beaten by his wife in May. In Novem­ber, he was beaten again, this time scar­ing their new­born daughter, who was present.

On Wed­nes­day, he took pre­vi­ous po­lice and med­i­cal ev­i­dence to the lo­cal peo­ple’s court in Men­tougou dis­trict in west Beijing on Wed­nes­day.

The court handed down a six-month pro­tec­tion or­der against the wife, pro­hibit­ing her from fur­ther ha­rass­ing, threat­en­ing or harm­ing her hus­band or his fam­ily.

She was or­dered to leave their home and was banned from get­ting within 200 me­ters of her hus­band.

Such forms of pro­tec­tion are part of the new Anti-Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Law that took ef­fect in March, which marks the first time China has coun­tered do­mes­tic vi­o­lence via a spe­cific set of laws.

Un­der the law, the wife could be de­tained for up to 15 days and be fined up to 1,000 yuan ($150) if she vi­o­lates the or­der.

Since the law took ef­fect, sim­i­lar re­strain­ing or­ders have been is­sued across the coun­try more than 300 times, mostly against men, according to public court records.

Xia Yin­lan, vice-pres­i­dent of the China As­so­ci­a­tion of Mar­riage and Fam­ily Stud­ies, said the law, con­trary to what many peo­ple think, aims to pro­tect ev­ery sin­gle fam­ily mem­ber, in­clud­ing hus­bands and children, rather than just wives.

“I think, in time, more men will stand up and call for public help,” Xia said.

She added that such re­strain­ing or­ders will bet­ter pro­tect vic­tims and children from phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal harm.

Xia ad­mit­ted that she spent com­par­a­tively lim­ited time study­ing or dis­cussing cases of men being bul­lied by wives.

“Even when some of my male col­leagues joke that they were ‘sup­pressed’ by their wives, I sel­dom took them se­ri­ously,” Xia said.

“Now, come to think of it, some of them may ac­tu­ally mean it.”

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