Sex, lies, video push woman to sue husband-A A +A
Monday, June 11, 2012
CEBU CITY -- A love poem written by a woman for her husband.
A sex video of her husband with another woman.
A cell phone containing intimate messages between her husband and the latter’s alleged girlfriend.
A picture of her husband’s other woman and a pack of condoms.
These things discovered by Lea (real name withheld) last year pushed her to file a complaint against her husband for violating Republic Act 9262, or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004.
“My discovery of (my husband’s) infidelities came as a deep emotional stress that choked me up. It disturbed me in my sleep, in my meals and in my daily activities,” said Lea in her affidavit.
Recently, the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office has recommended the filing of RA 9262 against Lea’s husband in court.
“The overwhelming allegations of the complainant regarding the psychological abuse and economic abuse committed by the (husband) to her and to her children are enough bases to establish that the respondent committed the crime charged,” said Prosecutor Naruzen Delfin-Orete in the resolution.
Psychological violence, which includes humiliation, verbal abuse and infidelity, are punishable under RA 9262. Under this law, a woman or child may ask the court for relief from any act that causes “mental or emoptional suffering.” Denial of financial support is one possible offense.
But the same law, enacted in March 2004, also states the victim has only 10 years after an act of mental anguish to complain about it to the authorities. Otherwise, the act will prescribe and the victim loses her right to bring the supposed offender to court.
In another case, 17-year-old Marie (not her real name) suffered verbal and physical abuse from her aunt after she reported to her uncle that the latter had an affair with another man.
With this, the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office recommended the filing of Republic Act 7610, or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act, against Marie’s aunt.
After the aunt learned what Marie had told her husband, the former allegedly became abusive towards the girl. The girl arrived in Cebu City last year to work as a helper in her aunt’s household and in hopes to continue her studies.
The aunt told Marie that she could continue staying in their house if she took back what she said to her husband, but the latter refused.
“I suffered in silence,” said Marie in her affidavit. (Sun.Star Cebu)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 11, 2012.