It only matters if you enforce the law

Pakistan has passed a law preventing domestic violence:

Pakistan’s Senate on Monday passed a bill that makes violence against women and children an offence carrying jail terms and fines, state media said.

The Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill was introduced by Senator Nilofar Bakhtiar and passed unanimously by the upper house of the federal parliament, Pakistan Television reported.

The law was already passed unanimously in the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, in August 2009.

It will come into effect after President Asif Ali Zardari signs it into legislation.

Those found guilty of beating women or children will face a minimum six months behind bars and a fine of at least 100,000 rupees ($1,100).

It is a bit like gun laws. Making more laws won’t make a difference until you enforce the old ones. Too often wife beaters get away with it, whether they are poverty stricken unfortunates or those from the highest echelons of society.

We all have a duty to speak out about domestic violence and make those who commit emotional or physical violence against spouses or partners social outcasts.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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