Two male lawmakers in Senegal have been sentenced to six months in jail after they kicked a pregnant woman colleague during a parliament debate on Dec. 1.
Mamadou Niang and Massata Samb assaulted Amy Ndiaye after she criticized the religious figure heading the opposition.
Video footage of the moment showed Samb approaching Ndiaye and slapping her on the face during the meeting.
Ndiaye then fights back by throwing a chair but is then kicked in the stomach by Niang during the process.
Ndiaye is said to have fainted during the session and her condition “remains in an extremely difficult situation,” her lawyer Baboucar Cissé told AFP News.
Despite the video evidence, the two MPs denied attacking Ndiaye and claimed immunity from prosecution because of their position as lawmakers.
They lost their case, and in addition to the jail sentences, Niang and Samb will be required to pay Ndiaye five million CFA francs (US$8,100), according to BBC.
The incident has sparked a debate in Senegal about women’s rights and violence against women.