MPs said Wednesday they aim to pass a law on stalking inside March, plugging a gap in the island’s legislation which failed to punish perpetrators.
The House legal affairs committee heard previously that in Cyprus 11 per cent of the female population over 12, around 55,000 women, have been victims of stalking.
The EU average is 18 per cent.
Committee chairman, Disy MP, Giorgos Georgiou said their aim was to vote for the bill sometime next month.
The bill provides for penalties depending on intensity and also defines aggravating factors. It also enables courts to issue orders to protect victims.
Stalkers may be punished by imprisonment of up to five years and or a fine up to €10,000.