Gov promises to considercritical domestic violence report
22 June 2004, MADRID – The Spanish government promised Tuesday it would not discount a report which attacked its draft bill on domestic violence.
22 June 2004
MADRID – The Spanish government promised Tuesday it would not discount a report which attacked its draft bill on domestic violence.
Jesús Caldera, Minister for Employment and Social Affairs, said he would take into account the criticisms of the authoritative General Council of the Judiciary.
The government is due to consider a number of reports on the bill before a cabinet meeting planned for Friday.
The Council claimed that the new bill was "unconstitutional" because it discriminated against other victims of domestic violence who were not women, like men, children and pensioners.
The Council voted last week against the new draft bill, which is designed to crack down on domestic violence.
Spanish premier Jose Lluis Rodriguez Zapatero has promised to introduce measures to reduce violence against women.
The Council is an important legal body in Spain which can modify new bills – but the government does not have to follow its guidelines.
Opponents of the new bill said it was discriminatory because it was based on the sex of a person.
But supporters claimed those that opposed the bill were supporters of the opposition Popular Party and were against it for political, not legal, reasons.
Last year, women made about 90 percent of the domestic violence complaints in Spain.
So far this year, 31 women and one man have been killed by domestic violence.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news