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Wife-beaters face tough new laws

Parliament has approved a series of laws on domestic violence requiring aggressors to leave the home of their victims, and not to come within five meters of the victims. The changes also increase penalties for rape from 2-8 years to 5-12 years in jail.

As of January 1 next year, a court has seven days after a notice is filed of domestic violence to decide whether to order an aggressor to leave a common residence. Aggressors who disobey the order can be jailed for a year.

Women’s rights advocates have praised the changes, but say they will wait to see how they work in practice before further comment.

Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
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