Government to continue work on strengthening responsibility for domestic violence — Alikhan Smailov

Within the briefing for media representatives after the Senate meeting, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov spoke about measures to strengthen responsibility for crimes in the sphere of family and domestic relations.

As noted by the head of the Government, the Law "On Prevention of Domestic Violence" in Kazakhstan was adopted back in 2009. Moreover, Kazakhstan was the first country in the CIS, where such a law was adopted. In subsequent years, the legislation was repeatedly amended in the direction of increasing responsibility.

"The latest changes were introduced just recently. In particular, the term of arrest was extended to 15 days, and in case of repeated violation - up to 25 days. In addition, the possibility of repeated reconciliation has been excluded and sanctions for causing serious or medium harm to health as a result of domestic violence have been toughened from 3 to 6 years," Alikhan Smailov said.

At the same time, he added that the norms that were adopted earlier are having an effect. Thus, for the last four months the number of domestic tyrants brought to justice has increased. If at the end of the 2nd quarter of this year it was 7 thousand people, then at the end of the 3rd quarter already 27 thousand citizens.

"According to changes in the legislation, now there is no mandatory statement of the injured party is not required. The statements of witnesses or recordings from video cameras are enough. Often the injured party either does not write a statement or withdraws it. Now this situation has changed fundamentally. We see positive dynamics in the statistics of law enforcement agencies," the Prime Minister noted.

According to Alikhan Smailov, work in this direction continues. In mid-October, a bill on women's rights and child safety was submitted to the Government. It contains more than 90 amendments, including those aimed at strengthening responsibility for domestic violence. Most of them were supported and the bill will soon be submitted to the Majilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan.

"As for myself, I do not accept any violence against women. Moreover, I myself raise my daughters, and I want them to feel safe in our country," the Prime Minister said.

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