KP domestic violence offenders to face five years in jail

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The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly passed the provincial domestic violence bill on Friday which will become a law after the governor signs it, will sentence offenders to jail for a minimum of one year and maximum of five years.

The bill includes punishment for “sexual abuse, psychological abuse, economic abuse, and stalking.”

It has defined economic abuse as the following:

  • Denial of food
  • Denial of clothing
  • Denial of shelter in a domestic relationship.

Pschyhological abuses include the following conditions being faced by the survivor as a result of the oppressive behaviour of the accused person, including the limiting freedom of movement:

  • Anorexia
  • Attempting suicide
  • Clinically proved depression

The bill says that a six-member District Protection Committee should be formed too. The committee will be responsible for telling people about their legal rights, assist survivors in seeking medical treatment, and assist survivors in relocating to a safer place.

The secretary of the committee has been instructed to report all domestic violence incidents, provide legal aid to survivors, maintain a list of all service provides legal aid or counselling, shelter homes, and medical facilities.

The bill also says that people who file a “frivolous complaint” under this act will be fined Rs50,000.

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