The Puerto Rico Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that Law 54 (regarding Domestic Violence) is not applicable when the victim has committed adultery.
Basically, if you get beaten after cheating on your partner, the domestic violence laws do not apply. Wow.
While it is understandable that a sentencing judge would take the emotionally destabilizing factor of adultery into consideration during sentencing, it does not make sense to make domestic violence laws non-applicable when cheating is involved. Should the issue that sparked the violence be a determination of whether or not violence between partners is considered domestic violence?
The feminist group "Movimiento Amplio de Mujeres de Puerto Rico" MAMPR is actively protesting the decision.
Perhaps the court should also nullify the act of "adultery" if the man is a no good bastard. If he does drug, abuses alcohol, does not provide a stable home, it cannot be considered "adultery", but instead is simply an understandable extramarital event. At that point, since it is no longer adultery, the domestic violence laws become applicable again.