Saudi Arabia Cabinet Approves Domestic Abuse Ban

Saudi Arabia Cabinet Approves Domestic Abuse Ban

Posted by on August 29, 2013                                       /   Comments Off

saudi bans abusesaudi bans abuseBy Sebastian Usher, BBC News – August 28, 2013

Saudi Arabia’s cabinet has approved a ban on domestic and other abuse for the first time.

The new law sets penalties for all forms of physical and sexual abuse, both at home and in the workplace.

These include penalties of up to a year in prison and fines of up to $13,000. The law will also provide shelter for victims of domestic abuse.

Rights activists have welcomed the move but also questioned the effectiveness of the implementation of the law.

In legal terms, violence against women and children in the home has been a private matter in Saudi Arabia until now.

‘Positive step’