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Myanmar men may face jail for not marrying pregnant women

Myanmar ministers are sworn into office by Upper House Speaker Mahn Win Khine (on podium) during a ceremony at the parliament in Naypyidaw on March 30, 2016Myanmar’s government is drafting a law that could see men jailed for up to seven years for getting a woman pregnant but not marrying her, a senior official said on Wednesday. The provision is part of tough new legislation designed to strengthen women’s rights as the country opens up after half a century of military rule. Director of the social welfare department Naw Tha Wah said the new law would criminalise domestic violence for the first time and make gang-rape a capital offence.

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