In july and august 2015, a dating service for married people was hacked, and information about its users was made public. As a result, several lawsuits have been filed against the website itself. But what about those whove been exposed as adulterers? Where is adultery illegal, and what are the punishments? Well adultery is defined as sexual relations between a married person and anyone except their spouse. Historically, it has carried harsh punishments, primarily directed at women.
While cheating wives could be killed for the act, men would often be given much more lenient punishments, if at all. Today, in predominantly Muslim countries, maledominated societies still have severe punishments for adultery ranging from fines to imprisonment, flogging or the death penalty. In 2008, a human rights group reported that a young woman in Somalia was stoned to death for adultery, even though she claimed shed been raped. In Syria, husbands who honor.
Kill their cheating wives are treated more sympathetically than other murderers. prison sentences are often no longer than 7 years. Women in these regions can be charged despite limited evidence, or refused a trial at all and subjected to violent vigilante justice. On the other hand, in much of the developed world, adultery is very rarely prosecuted. The only situation where adultery would make a legal difference is in the event of a divorce. Chile, for instance, doesnt consider adultery a crime. But, it IS considered an infraction.
Against the duty of faithfulness, and the spouse may be entitled to more money in a divorce. In fact, a Pew poll revealed that in countries like France and Germany, citizens are some of the most accepting of extramarital affairs. But attitudes in the US towards adultery have been mixed. 20 states still have antiadultery laws on the books. Punishments can range from minor fines in Maryland, to years in prison in Michigan. Military personnel can also face dishonorable discharge for committing adultery.
For civilians, prosecution for adultery is extremely rare. the last publicized case was in the early 90s. For the most part, adultery laws are left on the books because communities see them as enforcements to societys moral standards. Major decisions from the US Supreme Court in 2003 and 2015 have severely restricted the governments ability to prosecute adults for their sexual and marital preferences. Worldwide, although adultery is much less often prosecuted, it is still a difficult.
Koreas Constitutional Court rules adultery law unconstituional
Koreas constitutional court has struck down the law making adultery a crime. The law punished cheating husbands or wives with a maximum sentence of two years behind bars. Shin Semin tells us more. Having an affair will no longer be a criminal offense. Thats the ruling issued by Koreas Constitutional Court on Thursday,. following four previous appeals, with the last being in 2008. The ruling is based on the argument that the.
Law infringes on an individuals right to privacy. and that extramarital affairs should be regulated by civil law. not criminal law. The decision has raised the question of whether some of the roughly 55hundred people charged with infidelity since 2008 will file for a retrial or compensation. And one uncertainty thats been expressed is that affairs could become more prevalent. Adultery is still illegal. It is still a civil case. The criminal court is leaving.
The matter to the parties directly involved. whats worrisome is the low alimony payments for people getting a divorce because of an affair,. as people might come to think of the destruction of a household as a minor offense. Under the law, an extramarital affair was a criminal offense punishable by up to two years in prison. But only a small percentage of those deemed guilty were jailed, as infidelity is difficult to prove, and enforcement of the law has waned.
In recent years. the plaintiffs would use the law as leverage to get a higher divorce settlement. Kim Kwangsam, a former prosecutor, believes that abolishing the law could lead to a rise in the number of extramarital affairs. In other nations that have struck down anticheating laws such as France or Germany,. they didnt go through problems caused by sexual disorders. In other words,. if you dont punish those who commit adultery as criminals, it wont lead to problems that will spoil the society.