The two deputies of the socialist party, Klotilda Bushka and Eglantina Gjermeni, presented to the Albanian parliament a bill revising the penal code and concerning the tightening of penalties in cases of domestic violence.
The new bill provides for one to five years (compared to the current two) of imprisonment for those who commit acts of violence against their spouse, as well as up to ten years of imprisonment for repeated physical and psychological violence over time. Specifically, the bill provides for the revision of article 130 / a of the penal code.
With the legislation currently in force, in fact, those who commit acts of violence can escape conviction because the law only provides for the maximum penalty (i.e. two years imprisonment) and not a minimum, as required by the bill presented by the two parliamentarians of the socialist party.
"The implementation of these penalties did not mitigate violence against women, in fact in some cases it had the opposite effect. Repeated episodes of domestic violence, especially in cases where violence also occurs on women who have received court protection orders, are alarm bells for immediate legislative action with mechanisms that strengthen measures against violence."- said the two deputies.
The draft law
"Any act of physical, sexual, psychological violence against a spouse, ex spouse, partner, ex partner, cohabitant, ex cohabitant, in an intimate relationship or in a previous intimate relationship with the perpetrator, thus violating his physical integrity , economic and psychosocial, is punishable by one to five years of imprisonment.
Serious threats of murder or serious injury against a spouse, ex spouse, partner, ex partner, cohabitant, ex cohabitant, in an intimate relationship or in a previous intimate relationship with the author, thus violating his physical, economic integrity and psychosocial, they are punishable by two to five years of imprisonment.
These same crimes, committed repeatedly or in the presence of children, are punishable by imprisonment for two to ten years."- reads the bill proposed by Klotilda Bushka and Eglantina Gjermeni.
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