New Bill to Make Stalking Punishable by up to 5 Yrs in Prison

Write : 2018-05-10 19:03:38 Update : 2018-05-10 19:31:41

New Bill to Make Stalking Punishable by up to 5 Yrs in Prison

The South Korean government has drafted a bill to strengthen punishment for stalking offences and to tighten up protection for victims.  

The Ministry of Justice said on Thursday that it made an advance notice on the bill, which will penalize stalkers with up to three years in prison or a 30 million won fine. 

Stalkers threatening their victims with a lethal weapon or other dangerous objects will face up to five years behind bars and a maximum fine of 50 million won. 

Under the current law, stalking is classified as a misdemeanor punishable only by a 100-thousand won fine. 

The bill also extends the scope of acts considered as stalking, including tailing, blocking the victim's path and watching them covertly. 

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