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11:05 am, February 12th, 2017 - 22 comments
Categories: domestic violence, families, human rights, International - Tags: conservatives, domestic violence, family values, family violence, russia
In 2017, this happened:
Putin signs law reducing punishment for domestic battery
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that decriminalizes some forms of domestic violence, according to state-run news agency Tass.
Dubbed the “slapping law,” it decriminalizes a first offense of domestic violence that does not seriously injure the person, making it a less serious administrative offense.
More than 85% of legislators in Russia’s Duma approved the bill last month — seen as part of Putin’s drive to appease conservative pushing “traditional family values.” …
Since when was domestic violence a ‘traditional family value’? In totally unexpected news:
Russian city sees domestic violence incidents double after Putin decriminalises beatings
Reports of domestic violence have increased by 133% in Yekaterinburg – the fourth largest city in Russia – after President Putin approved a law that reduces punishments for spousal or child abuse to a misdemeanour.
Police in Yekaterinburg responded to 350 incidents about domestic assaults every day, compared with 150 before the change in the legislation.
“Before, people were afraid of criminal charges – this acted as some kind of safety barrier,” Yevgeny Roizman, the mayor of Yekaterinburg told Russian media, according to the Times. “People got the impression that before it wasn’t allowed, but now it is.” …
There’s a lot of good in ‘traditional family values’. But too often the phrase is used as lipstick on the pig of male power and control over women. Constructive and positive ‘conservative’ organisations everywhere should be outraged at the way the use of ‘traditional family values’ gets corrupted, and they should be doing more to speak out against it.