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Brazil introduces tough laws against domestic violence

  • Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has approved a new law that introduces tough penalties for violence against women.

    Domestic violence leading to murder would now carry sentences of 12 to 30 years, according to the new law. Rousseff said that the new laws sent a clear message that the state is serious about protecting women.

    The criminal code has been altered to re-define femicide as a crime involving domestic violence, discrimination or contempt against women.

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