Country Lesotho
Year 2003
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence

Brief Description

Section 3(3) of the Sexual Offences Act states that marriage or any other relationship shall not be a defence against a charge under this Act, but limits the provision to instances where: a) the complainant spouse or partner was sick; b) the accused spouse or partner had or was reasonably suspected to have sexually transmissible disease or other life threatening disease; c) violence or threats were used to engage in a sexual act; d) there is a judicial order of restraint in respect of the accused; e) the spouses or partners are separated by an order of Court; f) one of the spouses has deserted.

Full Text

Section 3(3) of the Sexual Offences Act

Source of Information

Response of the Government of Lesotho to Beijing +10, 2005