Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Women's Issues: Brazil acts to deter violence against women

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, has signed legislation imposing strict rules aimed at preventing violence against women in Brazil. In future those convicted of such crimes will be subject to a maximum of three years of solitary confinement, (up from a maximum of one year).

In addition, the new rules abolished the fee penalties for minor infractions, which means people perpetrating mild forms of violence will now go to jail.