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Beijing defines sexual harassment

BEIJING has joined other cities to define five forms of sexual harassment. Harassment can now include sending unwanted short messages or emails bearing words, pictures and jokes relating to sex.

This is a draft rule submitted for review yesterday at a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Beijing People's Congress. The draft amends a women's rights protection regulation which stipulates that sexual harassment using language, words, pictures, electronic information or physical contact is forbidden, today's Beijing Times reported.

Electronic information refers to mobile phone short messages, said Zhou Jidong, the director of Beijing Municipality government's legislative affairs office.

China's law on the protection of women's rights and interests first banned the sexual harassment of women in 2005 but without details. Defining sexual harassment will help law enforcement, according to lawmakers.

Women can bring complaints about harassment to public security authorities and file civil lawsuits.

Two years ago, Shanghai became the nation's first city to define the five actions as sexual harassment.

Earlier this year, northeast China's Liaoning Province followed suit.


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