18 Nov '11, 10am

China considers law against domestic violence

China considers law against domestic violence

BEIJING: It is the world's fastest growing economy and its people are rapidly modernising. Yet, when it comes to marriage, some still observe archaic Chinese traditions. Lu Xiaoquan, director of the research department at Beijing Zhongze Women's Legal Counselling & Service Centre, said: "A husband abusing a wife is tolerated. It's not regarded as wrong or unacceptable, or unforgivable. "Under this patriarchal view and the very traditional notion that you don't wash your dirty linen in public, victims won't seek legal aid on their own or find avenues for help." This may explain why many in China do not consider domestic abuse a crime. According to the results of a government survey released in October this year, out of the over 105,000 Chinese women surveyed, nearly 25 per cent of them said they have been beaten, verbally abused, deprived of freedom or raped by their husban...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/eastasia/view/1166...

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