Rape by husband could face criminal prosecution
Rape by husband could face criminal prosecution
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  • 승인 2005.06.17 00:00
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Approval of a revised bill of an act on special cases of domestic violence highly likely... Governments to shoulder medical fees for victims

 

Former sex-industry workers prepare for their new lives by studying hairdressing and beautician skills at a self-supporting training center in Seoul. The Ministry of Gender Equality has been assigned a budget of KRW 22.1 billion to support former sex-industry workers as they begin their new lives.
Former sex-industry workers prepare for their new lives by studying hairdressing and beautician skills at a self-supporting training center in Seoul. The Ministry of Gender Equality has been assigned a budget of KRW 22.1 billion to support former sex-industry workers as they begin their new lives.
Legal grounds on which a husband raping his wife could be subject to criminal punishment would be in place in June at the earliest if a revision bill of an act on special cases of domestic violence is passed by the extraordinary session of the National Assembly. 

The bill makes a clause on sexual violence part of a concept of domestic violence which would involve a rape, an assault on a woman by force, and a quasi-rape, making a rape by a spouse criminally punished. It would also allow the police, rushing to the scene at the request of a victim, to arrest an offender red handed, depending on the situation. 

According to an emergency safeguarding step of the police as provided by the bill, the offender could be evicted from his house or denied access to his spouse for 48 hours by a restraint order. 

Meanwhile, the bill calls for establishment of a team of judges responsible for domestic violence in the family court. It would require government agencies, public institutions, and schools to offer a mandatory educational program to stave off domestic violence. 

At the same time, the bill includes a new clause that could have central and local governments bear medical fees for victims of domestic violence. The bill would also permit the government to issue an order to protect a victim, prohibit any property from being transferred to others without consent of a victim, and limit parental rights.


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