Meddlesome in-laws who cause their children to beat their spouses will be severely dealt with when the Domestic Violence Act 1994 is amended.
The amendments, among others, would also allow victims of domestic violence to file reports at police stations nationwide instead of within their residential districts as currently practised.
Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Heng Seai Kie said the amended Act would be tabled in the Dewan Negara on Dec 9 before it is gazetted.
She said the ministry had received numerous complaints about parents and other in-laws who instigated their kin to abuse their spouses and felt the culprits needed to be dealt with, along with the offenders.
“There have been many cases where mothers-in-law, grandmothers and stepmothers were instrumental in causing the offenders to abuse their wives or children.
“This is a form of emotional and psychological abuse that must be curbed to retain peace and harmony in the family,” she told reporters after opening a World Children’s Day celebration at the Kulim Landmark Central shopping centre yesterday.