Laws preventing domestic violence against women to be abolished ?

by Zacki Jabbar

Moves to scrap the law preventing domestic violence against women should be resisted, the UNP said yesterday.

Leader of the UNP Ranil Wickremesinghe, addressing the Trade Union Federation for Violence against Women, in Colombo, said that calls for abolishing laws governing domestic violence against females should be nipped in the bud.

Some in the government wanted domestic violence sorted out at home but such stupid comments should not even be considered, the UNP Leader noted.

 "Are the authorities serious about leaving women at the mercy of husbands who are violent by nature?" Wickremesinghe queried. "Do they want women to get assaulted by their husbands and then settle the issue within the four walls of their houses by pleading for mercy?"

There were only 430 Police Stations in the country and depending on the proximity to the scene of the incident, it might not be possible for  women who are beaten up to seek immediate redress, Wickremesinghe said. The existing laws would, to some extent, help prevent such incidents taking place, he observed.

The UNP leader said it appeared that the Rajapaksa regime wanted to encourage the re-enactment of scenes such as the killing of Ehalapola’s infant child, which had occurred during the rule of King Sri Wickreme Rajasinghe.

The law and order situation had deteriorated to the lowest levels ever and moves to scrap the legal protection available to women folk must be resisted with might and main, Wickremesinghe said.

He called on the general public to rally round the UNP so that their human rights could be protected.

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