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Lebanon panel approves draft law on domestic violence

A draft law protecting women from domestic violence was approved Monday by a Lebanese parliamentary panel, after years of campaigning by rights groups who welcomed the move as a step forward. The parliamentary committee's approval comes less than two weeks after 33-year-old Rula Yaaqub was beaten to death by her husband in northern Lebanon. The killing of Yaaqub, mother of five girls, triggered an outpour of criticism by the media and civil society. Lebanon is a country deemed more liberal than other Arab societies, but is still very patriarchal.

Woman dies in India after acid attack

New Delhi, Jul 22 (EFE).- A woman in the central state of Madhya Pradesh died as the result of an acid attack by her lover, an Indian police commander told Efe Monday. The 28-year-old woman was at her parents' home in the city of Porsa early Saturday when the suspect, Yogendra Singh Tomar, burst in and sprayed the victim with acid, police superintendent Irshad Wali said. The woman died in hospital on Sunday, while two female cousins and her grandmother were injured in the attack.

Guinea-Bissau outlaws domestic violence

Guinea-Bissau outlawed domestic violence on Friday, winning praise from women's groups in a country where an estimated 60 percent of females are physically or sexually abused. The west African nation's constitution has prohibited violence against women since 2009 but police have been powerless to act in cases where victims abused at home were unwilling to come forward. "This law will significantly contribute to a change in behaviour within Guinean families," said Aba Serra, president of the National Assembly's women's affairs committee.

Indian judges order curbs on acid sales after attacks

India's top court ruled Thursday that authorities must regulate the sale of acid used in a spate of attacks on women by jilted boyfriends and others. A panel of Supreme Court judges also said that every victim of such an attack must be "rehabilitated and compensated" by their respective state government. In an interim judgement, the court said each victim should be paid 300,000 rupees ($5,000) as well as have medical costs covered, pending a final ruling on the level of compensation.

India's Supreme Court demands action on acid attacks

India's top court criticised the government on Tuesday for failing to formulate a policy to reduce the number of acid attacks on women, which are often carried out by jilted boyfriends or their relatives. The Supreme Court rebuked the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for failing to consider regulating the sale of acid used in the assaults, which leave the victims permanently disfigured.

Prosecutors vow to deal sternly with domestic violence

SEOUL, July 8 (Yonhap) -- The prosecution said Monday that it has set forth tougher guidelines for dealing with suspects in domestic violence in line with the government's efforts to eradicate the country's four major "social ills." President Park Geun-hye defines the four ills as sexual violence, school violence, domestic violence and substandard food. The Supreme Prosecutors' Office (SPO) said that suspects booked for battering their spouses more than two times over the past three years, in principle, will be detained for questioning.

UN's Ban concerned over sexual assaults in Egypt

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday expressed concern about sexual violence used against female protestors in Egypt, where millions have taken to the streets to demand the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. "I really hope that while addressing all this current crisis in a peaceful manner, they (Egyptians) should pay more attention to the female demonstrators since we have seen many sexual assault cases over the course of the demonstrations," he told reporters in Reykjavik.

Gov't to toughen punishment for domestic violence

SEOUL, June 28 (Yonhap) -- The government will strengthen its early response to domestic violence calls and toughen punishment for uncooperative assailants, officials said Friday, as part of efforts to curb the recent upward trend in the number of domestic abuse cases. The government will also make it a rule for police to be accompanied by a professional counselor when called to a scene of a domestic violence case, they said.

Local assembly urges gov't to heed 1993 statement on "comfort women"

The assembly of Shimane Prefecture in western Japan adopted a resolution on Wednesday urging the government to deal with the issue of wartime sexual slavery for the Japanese military by fully respecting a government statement issued in 1993. "It is the responsibility of our country toward international society to sincerely deal with (the issue)," the resolution said, calling on the government to "take serious actions to protect the honor and dignity" of the women involved.

Angelina Jolie urges U.N. Security Council to act on war zone rape

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Actress Angelina Jolie urged the U.N. Security Council on Monday to make dealing with war zone rape a top priority as she shared stories of survivors she has met, including a Congolese mother whose 5-year-old daughter was raped outside a police station.
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