The Slapping Law Slaps Back
by isabelleallain on January 29, 2017 - 9:35pm
“If he Beats you he Loves you” seems to be the new slogan of tendency in Western Europe’s largest country, Russia. Indeed, Susan Ormiston explained through CBC News in “Domestic Violence Penalty Rolled Back in Russia” on January 27th, 2017 that the conservative parliament of Russia succeeded to bring the amendment of decriminalizing domestic abuse to the third reading. However, the president Vladimir Putin’s approval of the amendment is still required to bring about official change.
The edited aftermath of domestic abuse would now be a civil offense with fines associated instead of criminal offense with years in prison.
Now, assaults within a family can still be considered criminal, but only if it becomes repetitive and causes serious bodily injuries.
This amendment was mostly considered because the Russian Orthodox Church and the conservative parenting groups thought that it wasn’t a necessity in their society. They believe that they already have a law that punishes violence and they shouldn’t add one for domestic violence specifically. Moreover, they believe that domestic violence is overrated and that it links up to too many irrelevant suspicions towards the parents; kids that arrived to school with bruises we’re immediately asked if they we’re assaulted at home even though it could of been anything else.
This new regulation is a massive step back in the progress the feminists fought for. The previous law protected the women and children who were helpless in front of strong abusive men. Nonetheless, the other way around is also true. Not only now they will suffer at home, they won’t feel at ease to advise the authorities. They will fear not being taken seriously and listened to. To whom are they supposed to reach out to if they are afraid to go home? What if they don’t have enough time to be judged “severely” injured? This correlates with Alyona Popova, women’s right activist’s aroused concerns: “I don’t know how we can protect the victims of domestic violence”.
Studies are saying that 40% of Russian crimes are occurring within families. However, many assaulted victims remain silent because of fear and love. So in this case, 40% is still very relative.
Any regular person around the world or group of persons who’s against this amendment could stand up for the cause and fight pacifically by marching together and writing petitions against this upcoming law.
The information collected above is foremost legitimate and reliable because of its author and the database CBC News. Susan Ormiston is a senior correspondent and has been practicing journalism for over 25 years. Her field of expertise overflows many hot spots around the world. It is with no doubt that she writes with great accuracy given her great years of practice. Moreover, CBC News is a well-known database that’s respectable and watched in large numbers nationally.