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Turkish Parliament Adopts Bill To Protect Women And Health Workers

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Quadri Adejumo
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Turkish Parliament has approved a bill to deter violence targeting women and health care workers and cleared a package of reforms for laws in force, including harsher prison terms.

The Middle East Monitor reports on Friday that the bill is expected to help the government, which has been struggling to keep domestic violence in check while trying to reduce the number of health care violence crimes committed by patients or their relatives and friends.

The new bill introduces the sentence of aggravated life imprisonment for perpetrators convicted of deliberate manslaughter if the crime is committed against a woman.

Overall, the bill increases prison terms for deliberate injury, threat and torture if the victim is a woman, regardless of their relationship with the perpetrator.

For health care workers, the bill ends the practice of releasing pending trials for perpetrators of attacks targeting health care workers if the victim or victims are injured. Perpetrators will also not be granted a lenient sentence based on their behaviour during the trial.

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Quadri Adejumo
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Quadri Adejumo is a reporter, sports column writer, opinion and profile writer. He tweets via @...

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