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Stalking and harrasment is now a criminal offense in Taiwan, max fine of NT$500,000

Taiwan passed bill that makes stalking and and harassment in the country is now a criminal offense.

The bill was signed into law by President Tsai Ing-wen and will take effect in six months. It is expected to provide victims of stalking and harassment with better protections.

"The act is an important first step toward the prevention of gender-based violence," Tsai said.

The act defines stalking and harassment as continuous or repeated actions that are related to sex or gender and frightens the victim and have a negative impact on their daily lives.

The new law lists eight types of behavior as constituting stalking and harassment, including spying on and trailing, following and approaching, threatening and insulting and harassment over the internet.

It also covers pursuing a relationship in an inappropriate manner, sending messages, delivering video clips or other objects by mail to another person, tarnishing someone's reputation or using their identity to buy goods.

Individuals found guilty of any of the eight actions face up to one year in prison and/or a maximum fine of NT$100,000.

Those found guilty of engaging in stalking or harassment while carrying a dangerous weapon can be sentenced to a maximum of five-years in prison and/or a fine of up to NT$500,000.

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