Milica Stanković

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In recent years, the criminal offence of stalking has drawn considerable attention of scientific and professional public. Stalking has been recognized as a criminal offence and a serious social problem since the 1990s. Before that, no state or society had statutes that recognized stalking as a criminal offence. It does not suggest that stalking did not exist before the 1990s. Stalking has always been part of human relations. Prior to enacting the legislation on stalking, many forms of unlawful behavior indicative of stalking were legally considered as harassment. Notably, the media portrayal of celebrity stalking was the catalyst that first exposed the presence of such intrusive behavior and triggered global interest. Based on the prior research on stalking, the author of this paper provides an overview of the criminal offence of stalking, outlines the primary arguments for its incrimination, and summarizes its principle characteristics.


stalking, criminal offence, phenomenon, characteristics

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