Women in Iraq push to criminalise domestic violence

For almost a decade, women have been encouraging their parliament to pass a law that would criminalise domestic violence and they hope this year will be different.

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    Domestic violence has been on the rise in Iraq, with women's groups blaming instability and the break down of law and order.

    However, there has been a growing awareness of the issue at the highest levels of government and the women's rights groups are hopeful that the legislature will finally pass a law criminalising what they see as a "national crisis".

    The penal code currently has a provision allowing husbands to discipline their wives and does not criminalise domestic violence.

    Al Jazeera's Natasha Ghoneim reports from Baghdad.


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