Bill penalizing violence against women gets green light

The Sala IV constitutional court has given the go-ahead to a revised proposal that would penalize violence against women.

The judicial review was sought by the Asamblea Legislativa.

This is the law that was found to be unconstitutional in several aspects. It had been promoted heavily by the women’s lobby in the wake of murders of companions by men.

The basic objection to the proposal is that it treats women different than men. It also provides stiffer penalties for actions against a woman if the woman happens to be a spouse or companion. The measure also penalizes those who might insult their wife or companion in public or cause what is being called psychological violence.

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