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MPs push for progress on anti-stalking, harassment bill

An anti-stalking bill which seeks to address gaps in the law has been gathering dust since 2017, as the justice ministry has yet to make the necessary changes.

Currently, authorities are unable to take legal action against most stalking related cases as the necessary laws are not in place.

President of the House legal committee, Giorgos Georgiou, wrote to Justice Minister Emily Yiolitis on June 24, 2020, requesting that the review process be sped up and the bill finalised so that MPs may vote on it.

The bill provides for strict penalties, where currently there are none, including monetary compensation for the victims of stalking and harassment.

Gender equality commissioner Iosifina Antoniou said that due to the legal gap, police remain idle in cases of stalking.

In the bill, various forms of restriction orders may be imposed on offenders, such as being banned from certain areas frequented by the victim.

In more severe cases, the bill also provides for imprisonment.

 

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