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Topic : Stalking perpetrators to face up to 5 years in jail under new law
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TITLE : Stalking perpetrators to face up to 5 years in jail under new law

Stalking perpetrators to face up to 5 years in jail under new law

Stalking perpetrators to face up to 5 years in jail under new law



The government will push for a new law to drastically raise punishments for stalking perpetrators, the Ministry of Justice said Friday.


The ministry made a prior announcement of the plan for the legislation via the government gazette, which calls for punishing convicted stalkers with up to five years in prison.


Under the new law, acts of continuously or repeatedly approaching, following or blocking a victim against his or her will; waiting for or watching a victim in and around his or her residence, workplace or school; or causing a victim anxiety or fear through mail, telephone or IT networks are defined as stalking crimes.


Currently, stalking is considered a misdemeanor in South Korea and is punished only with a fine not exceeding 100,000 won ($90), resulting in a growing number of victims. Indeed, the number of stalking crimes handled by local police nearly doubled from 312 in 2013 to 583 last year.


The new law stipulates an imprisonment of less than three years and a fine of less than 30 million won for stalking perpetrators.


If weapons and other dangerous objects are used in stalking, the punishments will rise to a prison term of less than five years and a fine of less than 50 million won, the ministry said.


"Recently, the number of cases of severe mental and physical damage caused by stalking has increased. Failures to take proper protective measures for victims and punish the perpetrators have caused various violent crimes, such as assaults and murders," a ministry official said, explaining the background for the new law.


The new law also mandates police to rush to the scene of stalking to take emergency measures, including an application for a restraining order from a court, the ministry said.


Source: http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20201127000654



What law will be push by the government?
How South Korea considered stalking?
What is the current punishment for stalking?
How much is the increased in the numbers of stalking crimes?
According to this new law, what are the actions that are considered as stalking?
What punishments are stipulated in this new law?
What problems are caused by stalking?
What's the mandate for the police under this new law?


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What comes in your mind when you hear the word "stalking"?
What do you think is common of stalking in Korea?
Why do you think some people stalk other people?
Have you encountered like this incident? Or do you anyone who experienced this?
Will laws help reduce stalking?
Do you think we should have more strong punishment for stalking perpetrators?


perpetrators - a person who perpetrates, or commits, an illegal, criminal, or evil act:
misdemeanor - a minor wrongdoing.
stipulates - demand or specify (a requirement), typically as part of a bargain or agreement.
assaults - make a physical attack on.
mandate - an official order or commission to do something.