It is reported in the press that the Home Secretary will be announcing powers to allow the police to prosecute men who are guilty of “psychological and emotional abuse”. I must say that I do not think that this has been carefully thought out. Under the terms of the bill, a man could face up to fourteen years in prison. It is important to remember that all the women have chosen their husbands or lovers. If they find they do not like them, they can divorce the husband or leave the lover. But to send them to jail is monstrous. For those who are married, the wife made marriage vows to look after her husband for the rest of her life. If she sends him to jail, those vows become lies.
Even more important, the government does not have the right to interfere in people’s private affairs. We are meant to live in a country where there is personal freedom. Furthermore, to try to decide who is right and who is wrong in a domestic squabble would be an administrative nightmare.
I would strongly urge the Home Secretary to rethink this matter.