Compulsory Haircut is Assault
The Director of Public Prosecutions has recently appealed successfully against a magistrates’ court decision that the forced cutting of a woman’s hair by her partner was not assault causing actual bodily harm (‘ABH’). The court agreed that ‘actual’ means not trivial or insignificant and ‘bodily’ means of the body. The fact that hair is not living tissue does not mean it is not bodily. Therefore, cutting someone’s hair against their wishes is ABH.
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