President signs bill to raise penalties for crimes against children
President signs bill to raise penalties for crimes against children (1 / 9)
President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday signed into law an amendment to the Penal Code aggravating penalties for criminal acts against the life, health and freedom of children.In question are such acts as aggravated battery, kidnapping, abandonment or child trafficking.
President Duda said that the signed law aims at greater legal and penal protection of minors, especially minors below 15 years of age and helpless persons. He added the law also aims to protect the weakest, those most prone to being harmed and who have difficulties with finding support. I deeply believe that the amendment of the penal law will improve the existing legal protection of all persons below 15 years of age, stressed the president.
The president noted that the law was an effect of cooperation of the government commissioner for children’s rights protection and the commissioner for patients' rights. Apart from raising penalties for criminal acts against the life, health and freedom of children, the law also penalises the failure to inform authorities about such crimes. (PAP)