Taiwan abolished criminal liability for adultery

The constitutional court of Taiwan on Friday, 29 may, abolished criminal liability for adultery. It is reported Reuters.

The constitutional court overturned the law on adultery, according to which persons who have sex with married or out of wedlock could face up to years in prison.

According to the Secretary General of the Ministry of justice of Taiwan Lin Hui-Huang, the law on adultery is a violation of the sexual autonomy of a person, but also a serious invasion of privacy.

Although Taiwan prison for adultery a rare phenomenon, activists claim that women suffer disproportionate harassment, in accordance with the law, as the threat of charges is often used in marital disputes to exert pressure on women, Reuters reports.

The abolition of punishment for adultery was part of the reforms in Taiwan, which last year legalized same-sex marriage.

Taiwan was the last place in Asia, which lifted the ban on adultery after South Korea in 2015 and India in 2018.

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