In a Facebook message, Naira Zohrabyan, an MP of the Prosperous Armenia party, has stated that citizens humiliating soldiers or inciting them to suicide will be imprisoned for up to 14 years.
Every year, hazing in the army causes many more deaths than enemy bullets. Mrs Zohrabyan has proposed amendments to the Criminal Code.
“Nine to ten suicides are committed in Armenia every year. The punishment for inciting to suicide is only three-years’ imprisonment. From now on, those humiliating and insulting soldiers will be imprisoned for six to 12 years and up to 14 years in wartime,” the MP wrote.
The Standing Committee on State and Legal Affairs, Parliament of Armenia, have unanimously voted for the bill, which is to be submitted to Parliament for discussion.