Kazakhstan President signs law protecting against domestic violence

President Kasym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan has signed the law "On the Safety and Rights of Women and Children" aimed at combating domestic violence, the official portal of the republic's head published.

Previously, amendments to legislation regarding domestic violence were approved by the Kazakhstan Senate in the first and second readings, SIA reports citing Russian media.

As part of the law project, it is anticipated that criminal penalties will be imposed for causing moderate bodily harm with intent and in aggravating circumstances. Furthermore, penalties for cruelty and physical violence against minors will be further intensified. Penalties for sexual assault against individuals under the age of 16 will also be enforced.

The decriminalization of domestic violence occurred in Kazakhstan in 2017. Subsequently, the government transferred articles related to battery and causing moderate harm to the Criminal Code to the Administrative Code.

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