Law on bullying. Who will be punished for harassment at school and how.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine supported the bill on fight against bullying, which provides for fines for harassment in amount of up to 3400 hryvnias, the Ukrainska Pravda reported.

226 people’s deputies voted for the relevant bill 8584.

In particular, Article 173 of the CAO was supplemented with Article 173-4 with the definition of the term "bullying".

"Bullying, that is, psychological, physical, economic, sexual violence, including that using means of electronic communication, committed against a minor or by a minor against other participants in the educational process, which could lead or led to mental or physical harm to the victim", – it is stated in the text of the law.

Harassing a minor will be punishable by a fine of 50 (850 UAH) to 100 (1700 UAH) non-taxable minimum incomes or 20 to 40 hours of community service.

The same behavior committed by a group of individuals or repeated within a year after imposition of an administrative penalty will be punishable by a fine of 1700 UAH to 3400 UAH or 40 to 60 hours of community service.

If bullying is committed by minors aged 14 to 16, the parents of the offender will be held responsible.

The family of the bully will have to pay a fine of 850 to 1700 UAH.

It also provides for the imposition of a fine in the amount of 850-1700 UAH on the person who failed to report bullying to law enforcement officers.

The law will come into force the day after it is published.

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