Joint Committees Give OK to Domestic Violence Draft-Law

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The joint parliamentary committees approved on Monday a draft-law on the protection of women from domestic violence, a major step towards helping women become first-class citizens in multi-confessional Lebanon.

If passed by parliament, the law would come under the penal code -- under which cases are referred to a criminal court -- rather than personal status laws, which are ruled on by religious authorities.

On Sunday, activists held a protest in the northern district of Akkar urging parliament to approve the draft-law after a woman was allegedly beaten to death by her husband earlier this month.

Roula Yaacoub, the 31-year-old mother of five, was found beaten at her home in the town of Halba. She died upon arrival in hospital.

Reports have said that Roula and her children were regularly beaten by her husband.

Domestic abuse and harassment continue to be taboo in Lebanon, with very few women filing complaints as police generally turn a blind eye and tell them to deal with their problems at home.

From domestic violence to rape to adultery, the rights of women often fall by the wayside, reducing them to second-class citizens.

Monday's approval of the draft-law was seen as a major step towards the liberation of the Lebanese woman who still lacks a lot of rights, including transferring citizenship to her husband if he is a foreigner or to children born of such a union.

But it could take months before the draft-law is put on the agenda of a parliamentary session.

Comments 10
Default-user-icon animedal (Guest) 22 July 2013, 12:21

When a man hits a woman means that the woman is smarter and has a stronger personality so he uses his muscles to compensate his ignorance.

Default-user-icon Muscle Man (Guest) 22 July 2013, 15:03

The same way most commenters here use insults and lies to compensate for ignorance and incapacity to defend their point of views with arguments :)

Missing tourettes 22 July 2013, 12:37

good step towards civilisation

Default-user-icon Manal (Guest) 22 July 2013, 12:44

What civilization are you talking about? simply by reading the comments on this article you would know that civilization is a million year far from us :) such a delicate and important subject faced with a political JOKE!!!

Thumb Captain 22 July 2013, 15:13

If Lebanese men were really men, they should beat up politicians, not women!

Thumb Captain 22 July 2013, 15:29

A man is physically stronger than a woman in order to protect her not to beat her. If a man beats a woman, it means he is lesser that her.

Thumb lebanon_first 22 July 2013, 17:08

Kudos for this law. One step forward to have a fair civil society in lebanon.

Also if someone would stand for man's rights. The man's right to leisure and rest after work instead of being constantly pushed to work more and more and make more and more money to please the demands of jealous and demanding wives who get their idea of ideal husbands from "desperate housewives".

Thumb Captain 23 July 2013, 09:12

That's why you should marry an Eastern European, Mexican, Southern American, Filipino or any other Far Easterner. After dating many Lebanese girls I found out that they are way too demanding and provide hardly anything. I did not resort to violence but married a foreigner. :)

Thumb Captain 22 July 2013, 17:27

I just said what needed to be said. You are welcome, @the1phoenix :)

Default-user-icon Arjibongo Kampatshi (Guest) 23 July 2013, 01:08

So now we should expect to see the mothers, daughters, sisters, wives and girlfriends of the ouwet zo3ranieh (aka Drs. Arteena Satleh) of Dr. Arreet 7akeh, malak art el 7akeh, throw these zo3ran in jail for their habit at beating them! In an analogy to the Sannis, aka the lunatics who are filthier than the filthiest filth, who kill their own when they are not busy killing people of other religions, nationalities and sects, the zo3ran beat their own when they do not find strangers to beat. This is called target practicing. like m3allem az3ar like tlemiz