Article 41 of the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo adopted in 2006, and amended to 2011, includes the following provisions on violence against women: The abandonment and maltreatment of children, notably pedophilia, sexual abuse as well as the accusation of witchcraft, are prohibited and punishable by law. The parents have the duty to take care of their children and to assure them of their protection against any act of violence both inside and outside their home. The public powers have the obligation to assure protection to children in a difficult situation and to bring, to justice, the authors and their accomplices of acts of violence concerning children. All others forms of exploitation of minors are punished by the law.
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