A radical take on domestic violence is in the works in Kazakhstan, where the local legislature is considering a bill to kick abusive husbands out of their homes, local media said.
Kazakh legislators already considered “house exile” as means of punishing and preventing domestic violence in 2009, but discarded it at the time as “premature,” Tengrinews.kz news website reported on Wednesday.
“We’re facing the question of what’s more important for our state and society – the victim’s safety or the problems of the aggressor who is left without a roof over his head,” said the bill’s co-author Zhakip Asanov.
The exile will be a radical measure only imposed on a court order, Asanov said. He did not elaborate on whether the exiled will be allowed to become homeless or offered some shelter by the state.
No date for a hearing was set as of Wednesday.
Abusive husbands in Kazakhstan face fines of up to 150,000 tenge ($1,000) or up to 15 days’ arrest, local Channel 31 television said last September.
More than 20,000 Kazakh women sought help from domestic violence since 1998, with the figure on the increase in recent years, but likely representing a small fraction of all victims, the report said.