Protest in Russia as sisters who killed abusive father face jail term

Protest has been reported following the murder trial of three sisters for killing their physical and sexually abusive further in Russia.

Maria, Angelina, and Krestina are said to have stabbed to death their 57-year old father when he dozed off at the family mansion in northern Russia back in July.

It is reported that the three who were aged 17,18 and 19 years respectively reported the matter to the police saying they believed their lives would be in danger if they nothing.

Investigations in the incident revealed that it is true that the sisters were beaten on a daily basis and forced to perform sexual acts. In addition to that, it is reported that they could be locked in a room before being assaulted with pepper spray.

The court hearing the case charged all the three with 20-years in prison while the youngest Maria who was young at that time could face 10 years in jail.

Hundreds of people turned up outside the Investigative Committee Law Suit agency in Moscow Russia called for the release of the sisters saying that domestic violence happens on a daily basis.

In addition to that, protesters said the there is no way that the government will defend them and they will end up in prison.

Statistics indicate that Russia alone has 80% of cases of women being convicted of domestic violence cases alone.

As the statistics are shocking, Russia lacks specific laws on domestic violence. In 2017 it decriminalized certain forms of gender-based violence for first-time offenders.

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Currently, Russia laws say that if violence on a spouse or children that do not result in broken bones, the accused person is liable to pay 375 Pounds as fine.

Women rights groups have condemned the acts and also indicate an increase in cases since the laws changed.

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