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New anti-stalking bill clears Taiwan's Legislature

November 19, 2021

Legislators passed a new law Friday aimed at preventing stalking and harassment in Taiwan that subjects violators to a maximum punishment of five years in prison.

Passage of the Stalking and Harassment Prevention Act, which was given momentum by a murder in April in which a Pingtung County woman was killed by a man who had stalked her for two months, means that law enforcement officers will be allowed to intervene early to protect victims.

The act defines stalking and harassment as continuous or repeated actions of harassment that are related to sex or gender and frighten the victims, causing a negative impact on their daily lives and may result in a major crime.

The new law list eight types of behavior as constituting stalking and harassment, including watching and trailing, tailing and approaching, threatening and insulting, and committing harassment over the internet.

It also covers pursuing a relationship in an inappropriate manner, sending messages or delivering video clips or other objects by mail to another person, tarnishing the reputation of a potential victim, and using the identity of another person to buy goods.


Before voting on the new act, some opposition lawmakers argued that the definition of stalking and harassment in the proposed law by the Cabinet should not be limited to actions related to sex or gender.

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party, which enjoys the majority of the 113 seats at the Legislature, contended, however, that without the condition, the law could be easily abused.

After passage of the legislation, the Ministry of the Interior said in a statement that the new law, which will offer timely protection to stalking and harassment victims, will take effect six months after the law is formally proclaimed.

Full article: https://focustaiwan.tw/society/202111190022

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