Vi­o­lence against women ‘land­mark step’ law

Observer on Saturday - - News -

- Hu­man Rights Watch on Thurs­day hailed a new law to fight do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in Tu­nisia as a “land­mark step” to­wards pro­tect­ing women’s rights but called for fund­ing to fully im­ple­ment it. The law, passed on Wed­nes­day and ex­pected to en­ter into force next year, pro­vides for help to vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and re­moves a con­tro­ver­sial ar­ti­cle that al­lows rapists to es­cape pun­ish­ment if they marry their vic­tim. The law also crim­i­nalises sex­ual ha­rass­ment in pub­lic places and the em­ploy­ment of chil­dren as do­mes­tic work­ers, as well as fines em­ploy­ers pay­ing women less than their male coun­ter­parts, HRW said in a state­ment.”


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