Saudi Domestic-Abuse Law Passes

“Represents a turning point.”

In an unprecedented move, Saudi Arabia passed a domestic-violence law this week. It is particularly geared toward protecting women, who represent 98 percent of all domestic-abuse victims in the country, according to the law. If convicted, perpetrators face jail time of one month to one year, plus a fine of $1,330 to $13,300. Activists are pushing for immediate implementation of the law, which covers both physical and psychological abuse. “The law represents a turning point in the field of human-rights protection in the kingdom and mainly offers protection to women,” says Mufleh Qahtani, the head of Saudi Arabia’s National Society for Human Rights.  

Read it at The Times of India