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Adultery is not a crime: UN

2012-10-18 19:11

Geneva - Adultery should not be punished as a crime, the UN's human rights body said on Thursday, insisting that women's rights especially are violated when countries allow punishments ranging from fines to death for infidelity.

"Adultery must not be classified as a criminal offence at all," said Kamala Chandrakirana, who heads the UN expert body charged with identifying ways to eliminate laws that discriminate against women.

"The criminalisation of sexual relations between consenting adults is a violation of their right to privacy," she said in a statement, insisting adultery "must not be punishable by fine, imprisonment, flogging, or death by stoning or hanging".

Women are especially impacted by laws criminalising marital infidelity, and often receive harsher punishments than men, while in some countries their testimony carries only half the weight of a man's, the statement said.

Chandrakirana called on "all governments which retain criminalisation of adultery" and which allow punishments, including flogging and death, "to repeal any such provisions".

Comments
  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-10-18 19:41

    Why is not a crime??

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-10-18 21:09

      The article explained pretty clearly. Having difficulty reading?

  • zeepolar - 2012-10-18 19:43

    yes it is! the UN should rather be saying that ALL CRIMES DESERVE TO BE PUNISHED.death sentence is a bit extreme though, only murder and rape deserve death. a lot of crimes happen as result of adultery. people are affected psychologically. children are caught in the crossfire. wives kill their cheating husbands. husbands kill their cheating wives. HIV/AIDS is spread. a lot of unwanted children. adultery has serious consequenses and thus should not be taken lightly. and all the adulterers or those who wouldnt mind marrying adulterers will give me a thumbs down.

      will.kruse - 2012-10-18 19:57

      Your logic is flawed. Consumption of alcohol also has terrible consequences but having a few drinks, or even being drunk, is not a crime, nor should it be.

  • Yakubu Zira - 2012-10-18 19:51

    i don,t agree with that statement, any Woman found in such act MUST be punish if she not . i suspecting the UN woman maybe she part of them.

      WangJinNam - 2012-10-18 20:02

      What about the man?

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-10-18 21:12

      @Yakuba Your lack of reasoning is spectacular

  • Stormkaap - 2012-10-18 19:52

    Now its Ok to hump the neighbours wife! Sjoe what is the world coming to ! Next incest will be ok too!

      Onke Mdingi - 2012-10-18 20:13

      WOW!! That means I won't owe my 'partner' an explanation when I get home rather late. VIVA multiple partners VIVA!!! Zoomer will realy like this one.

      gavin.dandridge - 2012-10-18 20:17

      what a really naive comment about something much bigger than you seem think.

  • gavin.dandridge - 2012-10-18 20:11

    Damn right it is not a crime. In most countries where it is a crime men can have multiply wives and it is not considered adultery but if a consenting woman has sex with another man she can be flogged or even sentenced to death. What concenting adults do with each other privacy should be of no concern to any government or police. Humans as a species really need to get over our obsession that sex is bad no other species does.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-10-19 08:59

      How do you aquire more 'wives' without adultry occuring ? A man who collects wives is the same as one who collects stamps , its about possession .

  • logen.naidoo - 2012-10-18 20:26

    How cam adultry not be a crime when a woman leave her husband and sleeps with him while she is still married. How is that explained. The blame is always on men but women seem to top the list for adultry. I have seen this in reality and went through a divorce where she still got half of my money that she did not contribute. Some women are wh\\\@.

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-19 00:34

      Disagree completely. How many times it has happened to you to hear that some woman violated a man and forced him into sexual encounter with her? Yes the blame is on you guys because a man always has a choice to f@ck or not to f@ck no matter how hard that dirty wh@re tries to seduce you... You say that you left half of your money with her but now you can sleep peacefully at night knowing that you acted like a real man and your kids are provided, if you have any.

  • ceba.mlandu - 2012-10-18 20:28

    Well it's about bloody time

  • Sean Wasserman - 2012-10-18 20:48

    VIVA, separation of religion and state! VIVA!

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-18 20:54

    Of course, its not a crime which should be punished by throwing a "perpetrator" in jail oh executing him/her. It is simply dishonorable and disgusting. If you are not happy with your partner just leave, divorce, move out but to go and f@ck around wont change the things for better, the one just brings him/herself down to the level of a dog on heat.

  • gavin.dandridge - 2012-10-18 21:16

    Yawn! Religion preaching morality.

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-19 00:20

      What religion and morality have to do with each other?

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-10-18 21:20

    If a guy catches his wife humping another dude or maybe his friend, and he kills him, I don't blame him. I'm just saying. . . .

  • thunder.clap.587 - 2012-10-18 21:34

    But its a grave sin

  • samgaf - 2012-10-18 21:44

    great news,maybe I should get married now

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-10-18 21:55

    According to scriptures it is a crime, but people do not care about Righteous laws for marriage as ordained by God. The Arabic scriptures state that the man and the woman guilty of adultery and fornication should be flogged with 100 stripes. Muslim men claim that Their God said they can have as many wives as possible and they use and abuse Christian women. They never get flogged for sexual crimes as stated in the Holy Quran. Adultery is the main cause of break downs in families worldwide and this will never bring Peace in this World. Men want to make their own laws to suite their needs. In the end, God will be the Judge, and His punishment is Sure and none can dispute with God because they cannot Find God.

  • kseyffert - 2012-10-19 04:42

    Hear Hear! Ok so now they change the laws, just how are you going to change the cultures of the people involved?

  • kseyffert - 2012-10-19 04:48

    I see loads of comments that seem to have missed the point. Noone said that it was moral or right. What they said is that it should not be legislated in Law. The state should not get involved in private personal issues. Who after all gives any one of us the right to set moral standards for other people? If you don't like my standard, then don't associate with me. Do NOT, I say again, DO NOT force your standards on me. It really is that simple...

  • john.cryink - 2012-10-19 07:12

    When married or living together and there is children involved and then adultery takes place. A breakup occurs it is truly a crime what these children must suffer from a divorce afterwards.

      ada.akira - 2012-10-19 08:30

      Exacly, cheating as a married man or woman is no personl issue since the country's marital laws link the couple by issuing a marriage certificate

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-19 08:09

    These human rights fanatics have lost their way by considering human rights in a vacuum, as if there are absolutes everywhere and people in New York/Geneva are best-equipped to decide what they are. This is exactly how we accept things as universal when they really aren't, and then cause all kinds of problems by acting on that faulty interpretation of reality. Ultimately, the question itself boils down to - can we determine a universal morality, telling us without question what is acceptable and good, and what is a bad and not acceptable? I don't think we ever can! I will however be the first one to say that attempts to legislate morality is extremely annoying to me and that consensual action between adults should be a private matter.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-10-19 09:21

      The universal declaration of human rights is an attempt at setting a basic irreducable moral and legal framework while debatebly on some points cannot be a effort of folly. Article 4 below is an example of its worth. I do however except your distaste for the concept of legislating morality. Article 4. •No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

  • ada.akira - 2012-10-19 08:24

    Adultery should be considered as a felony since the conquences are dire, S.t.ds, HIV.AIDS, emotional distress of the cheated, lack of trust and loss of family values, children being affected by the the faithful parent and the cheater one fighting after being caught. And the bitter divorce processes.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-10-19 09:07

      Oh because criminalising adultery resulting in imprisonment (or whatever punishemnt) is only going to help the children , resolve these intra-family issues and create a stable environment for them.

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-19 14:22

      Still its up to the one's conscious, not to the mr. state prosecutor. After all in a case of partner's infidelity divorce is a solution, not stoning or stabbing.

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-12-21 08:48

    The sad state our world is in... sigh! All you adulterers out there, so know what you are.

  • riotousr - 2012-12-21 09:51

    The League of Notions. We know that because we are.

  • thomas.moloto.1 - 2012-12-21 21:02

    Men should not be responsible for maintainance. Because of the bastards that are going to be born as a results of this act.

  • Nomthombo Lolonga - 2013-11-20 10:07

    in the book of the Al-mighty is a SIN that no man can rectify but GOD!!

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