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27.04.2006 General News

DV Bill supporters lash out at decision to exclude marital rape clause

By myjoyonline

The civil coalition which has been campaigning for the passage of the domestic violence bill has criticized government's decision to exclude the controversial marital rape clause in the bill.

They say that this shows a lack of sensitivity towards domestic violence victims. Attorney General, Ayikoi Otoo announced on Tuesday that the bill will be placed before parliament when the house resumes sitting in a few weeks.

He said the marital rape clause had been removed because it was not clearly defined.

But the co-ordinator of the National Coalition for Domestic Violence Legislation, Adolf Awuku Bekoe, the decision will hurt a lot of women.

Meanwhile, the MP for North Dayi, Akua Sena Dansua says the decision to exclude the marital rape clause from the bill does not surprise her.

Madam Dansua, who is a member of the committee on women and children, is confident that the bill will pass.
Madam Dansua urged the National Coalition for Domestic Violence legislation to start educating male MPs to change their minds about the marital rape clause.