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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  • Agree with you – the real impact will come from the police and judges being courageous enough to act on this when investigating and any sentencing.

  • Misanthropic Curmudgeon

    Given that “Islamic Republic of Pakistan” is an Islamic state, and the Quran says “As for the thief, both male and female, cut off their hands. It is the reward of their own deeds, an exemplary punishment from Allah. Allah is Mighty, Wise” and “Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge[beat] them” it will be interesting to see how they reconcile the two ‘laws’.

  • SalaciousTCrumb

    So a woman so much as looking at another man is adultery, punishable by death, but a man slapping the missus around is an $1100 fine.

    Care for some Middle Ages anyone?

  • Jimmie

    Hmmm no doubt for a conviction there must be 4 male relatives of the husband willing to testify to the beating – they will probably also have a clause saying that if there fails to be a conviction the wife can be locked up for false testimony or something similar.