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National Tragedy: Domestic violence needs state attention

December 5, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

The scandalous case of Mariam Gevorgyan, who was tortured by her husband and mother-in-law, reached the court only after civil society’s protests and demands, and finally got resolved last week opening a new page in the often-closed history of domestic violence in Armenia.

Vayots Dzor province’s general jurisdiction court sentenced Haykanush Mikaelyan, who repeatedly tortured her daughter-in-law for almost a year, to four years of imprisonment, but since her case falls under the amnesty related to the declaration of independence of Armenia, the sentence got reduced.

So the mother-in-law, who burnt her daughter-in-law with an iron and a cigarette lighter, pierced different parts of her body with a fork and beat her regularly, will most likely spend only a year or less in a penitentiary.

Armenian News

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