Monrovia, Liberia-The much anticipated passage of the “Domestic violence Bill”, has suffered another setback at the Legislature.
The bill has been lingering in Committee room since its introduction in 2014 during the regime of then President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
The bill amongst others, seeks to address emotional and physical abuse, harassment, economic domination through deprivation and school-based violence.
Making the case for the passage of the bill, the joint Legislative committees on Judiciary, Good governance and gender equity Children and social protection explained that the instrument is at the moment important to the advocacy for women and children in Liberia.
In its report, the joint committees said survivals and victims of domestic violence are amongst the most venerable members of society.
They also craved the indulgence of their colleagues to pass the delayed Domestic violence because according to them, domestic violence is a serious social evil and a crime against an individual and society which should not be tolerated.
Speaking in an interview with reporters, the Houses’ committee chair on Judiciary Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa described the would be legal tool as a landmark legislation that will help the Country start to move forward to a more civilized society that recognizes the rights of the vulnerable among us.
The possible passage of the bill by the House of Representatives was deferred to Thursday after several reservations by some members of that august body.
In reaction, Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Willamette Piso Saydee-Tarr who was highly disappointed expressed hope for the passage of the legislative instrument on Thursday.