TOUGHER SENTENCES FOR MEN UPHELD

The Constititional Court last week upheld the clause in the Law against Gender Violence that allows for tougher sentences against male offenders. Several local courts challenged the clause that sets minimum sentences of six months for a man but only three months for a woman. They argued that this violates the right to equality before the law as set out in article 14 of the Constitution. However, the Constitutional Court upheld the clause as “positive discrimination”.

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