Putin signs law to decriminalise domestic violence
The aim is to protect the rights of parents who want to discipline their children, supporters say.
After US President Donald Trump announcing travel ban, his new buddy Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new law which decriminalises some types of domestic violence.
Reportedly, the new law reduces the punishment for the offence of “battery of a relative”. Putin also changed the offence from a criminal to a civil matter in cases when the victim suffered no serious harm.
The aim is to protect the rights of parents who want to discipline their children, supporters say. Anyone who causes serious harm will still face criminal charges. However, the women's right campaigners have hit out at the move amid fears that domestic abuse rates could rise.
Others say it will exonerate “tyrants in the home” and discourage victims from reporting abuse.
Notably, every year at least 14,000 women in Russia are killed by husbands or relatives, a 2010 United Nations report found.
The lower house of Russia’s parliament cleared the bill after its second reading in January by 385 votes to 2. On Thursday, Russian President signed it off.
The offence of battery of a relative, in cases where there are no broken bones, previously carried a maximum prison sentence of two years. Now offenders face a fine or 15 days in prison if the offence has not happened more than once in a year.