Pakistan Senate unanimously passes domestic violence bill

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Senate on Monday passed a bill that makes violence against women and children an offence carrying jail terms and fines, state media said.

Those found guilty of beating women or children will face a minimum six months behind bars and a fine of at least 100,000 rupees ($1,100).

Besides children and women, the bill also provides protection to the adopted, employed and domestic associates in a household. Previously, if a man beat her wife or children, police could not arrest him and it was considered a domestic affair.

Source: The Express Tribune, 20-02-2012