GCC in talks to introduce unified law to fight domestic violence
During a human rights and security meeting recently held in Doha, by Dr Abdullateef bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary-General of the GCC revealed plans of introducing a unified law to fight domestic violence in the region.
Furthermore, a human rights office will also be set up at the Secretariat-General of the GCC, The Peninsula has reported. (Read full report here.)
Qatar currently doesn’t have a specific law criminalising domestic violence that also includes marital rape. In an earlier report, Amnesty International voiced its concern about the lack of women’s rights in law, policy and practice.
Citing figures from the Qatar Foundation for the Protection of Women and Children, it said the number of cases concerning violence against women reported rose by 54% between 2011 and 2013. Of these, 86% were related to physical assault, 6% to sexual violence, and 3% to mental torture. Also, 59% women blamed their husbands for the violence.
About one-third complaints generally came from Qatari families while the rest were related to expat families. Read JustHere’s report on domestic violence in Qatar here.