Russia’s “Slapping Law” Moves Ahead

by Admin on January 13, 2017

The bill has sparked outrage among abuse victims and activists

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Russian lawmakers have approved a bill dubbed the “slapping law”which decriminalizes some forms of domestic violence defining them as administrative rather than criminal offences.

Assaults that arise in minor injuries and that do not require hospitalization will no longer be considered criminal offences reports the BBC.

The legislation was introduced by Member of Parliament Yelena Mizulina who claims that people should not be jailed “for a slap”. The law applies to all domestic issues such as parents’ treatment of their children and husbands’ and wives’ treatments of each other.

Mizulina has also been quoted as saying that “domestic violence is a normal way of life” in Russia and that penalties for such offences should not “contradict the system of social values that society holds on to”

According to BBC, “Under the proposal, the first offence would not be considered criminal, and punishment would be limited to a fine or community service, but subsequent incidents could still be considered criminal and carry potential jail terms.”

The move has unsurprisingly gathered widespread criticisms from activists and previous victims of domestic violence.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Nina Albar January 13, 2017 at 17:20

Let me get this straight. So if a husband slaps his wife around in Russia he can get away with it? This is horrible and people should not let this be happening. Whats even sadder is that its a woman who’s encouraging this law. What is wrong with her??

Tom Rund January 13, 2017 at 17:38

Uh oh we have a triggered feminist in the house 😀

Elissa Lock January 13, 2017 at 17:45

@TomRund that’s a moronic view of what Nina said. Domestic violence is a very rampant and unfortunate fact of reality that we need to address. There arent enough laws around the world protecting children, mothers and even fathers from domestic abuse. Under Thai criminal law, domestic violence results in a mere 6 month sentence. Someone stop Russia. It always starts with a slap!

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