Crime

Stricter Punishments Proposed for Sexual Crimes Against Children

Parliament’s legislative committee approved a planned amendment to introduce stricter penalties on those who commit sexual crimes against children below the age of 12.

The amendment was submitted by Gergely Bárándy, of the opposition party Socialists. It raises the upper limit of a prison term from 15 to 20 years if sexual violence is committed against dependent minors by making threats, abusing a minor’s vulnerability, or committing the act in a group.

The amendment has been appended to an earlier proposal by Gabriella Selmeczi, Répássy Róbert and László Horváth (Fidesz), on introducing stricter punishments for sexual violence against minors under the age of 12.

The original proposal stated that punishment for sexual acts involving minors by relatives or guardians should be between 5 and 15 years in prison, regardless of whether the act was committed by force or mutual consent.

The new amendment will supplement the original proposal. On the legislative committee meeting Bárándy said that the change was also proposed by the Kúria, Hungary’s supreme court.

via Hungary Matters

featured photo: Balázs Székelyhídi (mno)