Country Lao Peoples Democratic Republic
Year 2005
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Sexual violence

Brief Description


Article 128 of the Penal Law states that any person who uses force or arms, soporific substances, drugs, or other means against a woman, resulting in her unconsciousness for the purpose of rape shall be punished by imprisonment from three to five years with a fine from 1.000.000 kip to 5.000.000 kip. If the rape is committed against a girl aged between fifteen to eighteen years old who is under his guardianship or in his medical treatment, the criminal shall be punished by imprisonment from five to ten years with a fine from 2.000.000 kip to 10.000.000 kip. In circumstances in which the act of rape is committed by several persons- one after another, against a child under fifteen and causing physical injury or permanent handicap or death, the criminals shall be punished by imprisonment from seven to fifteen years with a fine from 5.000.000 kip to 15.000.000 kip. In case the criminal commits an act of rape and kills, he shall be punished by imprisonment from fifteen to twenty years with a fine from 10.000.000 kip to 20.000.000 kip or by life imprisonment or by death penalty. Any attempt to commit such crime shall also be punishable.”

Source of Information

CEDAW/C/LAO/7 pg 21

 

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