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Parliament approves domestic violence law

  • Women protesters carry banners in Arabic that read “the law equals my voice," as they call for the adoption of the law protecting women from domestic violence near the Parliament in Beirut, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Parliament approved Tuesday a draft law aimed at protecting women from domestic violence, but the move is unlikely to please activists who disapprove of several amendments made to the text.

Dozens of protesters from the rights organization KAFA rallied under the banner “Vote for us so we vote for you” in the Gibran Khalil Gibran Garden near Parliament to call for the adoption of the law in its original form.

The draft law to protect women from domestic violence was first submitted to the Parliament in 2010, and a parliamentary subcommittee began studying it in May 2011 and finalized its amendments in August 2012.

The amendments altered the title of the text, which now refers to violence against the family, as opposed violence against women specifically. A key clause criminalizing marital rape was also removed by the committee, after it sparked a backlash from religious figures and some politicians.

 
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