Spain grants asylum to domestic violence victim
31 May 2005, MADRID — For the first time in its history, Spain has granted asylum to a foreign woman on the grounds that she was a victim of domestic violence in her own country.
31 May 2005
MADRID — For the first time in its history, Spain has granted asylum to a foreign woman on the grounds that she was a victim of domestic violence in her own country.
Interior minister Jose Antonio Alonso said woman is a 38-year-old mother-of-two from an unspecified Persian Gulf nation.
He said she had been forced to marry against her will and suffered abuse from not only her husband but from his family.
Alonso said the authorities in her own country took no action to protect her.
The woman, whose name and nationality were not revealed for the sake of her security, suffered mental anguish from her ordeal and has been receiving psychological assistance in Spain for several months, the minister told a press conference.
Spain's Socialist government has made cracking down on domestic violence a key policy of its first term.
Last year, it introduced a tough new law which brought harsher penalties for offenders, introduced a specialised police and judicial units to deal with such cases and improved measures for reporting attacks.
The law was criticised by opposition politicians for not catering for men who are battered by women or children who may be beaten by their parents in the home.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news