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British Lawmaker Arrested After Rape Accusation

British Lawmaker Arrested After Rape Accusation

An unnamed British lawmaker and former minister was arrested on Saturday after police received allegations of rape, sexual assault and coercive control, the Sunday Times reported. A woman in her twenties reported to police she had been assaulted and forced to have sex, the newspaper reported. The woman was a former parliamentary employee, it said. […]

Record Low Rape Convictions For England And Wales Branded ‘Utterly Shameful’

Record Low Rape Convictions For England And Wales Branded ‘Utterly Shameful’

Prosecutions and convictions for rape fell to a record low in England and Wales last year, official data showed on Thursday, amid warnings the system is failing survivors. The number of prosecutions fell by about 30% year on year to 2,102 in 2019/20, while convictions were down 25% at 1,439, data from the Crown Prosecution […]

Kashmir Domicile Law Raises Fears Of Losing Land And Culture

Kashmir Domicile Law Raises Fears Of Losing Land And Culture

At 75 years old, Zareef Ahmad Zareef has been witness to several major events that have shaped Kashmir – for the worse, he says – since it became part of India in 1947. Now, the historian and poet worries for the future of Kashmir’s culture and its people, after India passed a new law in […]

Britain Set To Outlaw ‘Rough Sex’ Defence In Murder Trials

Britain Set To Outlaw ‘Rough Sex’ Defence In Murder Trials

Britain is set to become the first country to outlaw the “rough sex” defence in homicide trials, setting a precedent that campaigners said on Tuesday could spur other jurisdictions to follow suit. The issue gained worldwide attention following the 2018 murder in New Zealand of British backpacker Grace Millane whose killer said she died accidentally […]

Colombia Investigates Reported Rape Of Indigenous Girl, Sparks Condemnation

Colombia Investigates Reported Rape Of Indigenous Girl, Sparks Condemnation

Colombian authorities said on Wednesday they were investigating the reported rape of a 12-year-old indigenous girl by soldiers, spurring calls from tribal leaders to address violence against their communities they say is invisible and often ignored. The girl from Colombia’s Embera Chami tribe disappeared from her community reserve in northern Colombia on Sunday and was […]

Rape Conviction Rates Rise 75% In Sweden After Change In The Law

Rape Conviction Rates Rise 75% In Sweden After Change In The Law

Rape conviction rates in Sweden have risen 75% in two years following a major change in the law, spurring calls on Monday for other countries to revamp their legislation. Sweden changed the legal definition of rape in 2018 to sex without consent. Unlike in many countries, prosecutors do not have to prove the use or […]

Indonesian Brothers May Face Death For ‘Honour’ Killing Of Schoolgirl Sister

Indonesian Brothers May Face Death For ‘Honour’ Killing Of Schoolgirl Sister

Two Indonesian brothers will go on trial next month for the murder of their teenage sister in a so-called honour killing, police said on Tuesday, a rare case in the country that has prompted calls for action to protect women and girls. The men are accused of killing the 16-year-old girl by attacking her with […]

Pakistan Police Arrest Three Over ‘Honour Killing’ Of Teenage Sisters

Pakistan Police Arrest Three Over ‘Honour Killing’ Of Teenage Sisters

The father and brother of two teenage sisters shot dead in Pakistan after mobile phone video of them with a man surfaced online have been arrested, police said on Monday, drawing praise from women’s rights activists. The man who shot the video has also been arrested, while a relative suspected of carrying out the killing […]

Crimes Against Women Condemned In South Africa

Crimes Against Women Condemned In South Africa

Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has condemned the raping and murder of women during the national lockdown period. This follows two reported cases of murder over the past weekend. A Willowvale woman was found murdered in her home last Friday, with her 18-month-old baby lying next to […]

Prevention And Combating Of Corruption Bureau Worried Over Increasing GBV Cases In Tanzania

Prevention And Combating Of Corruption Bureau Worried Over Increasing GBV Cases In Tanzania

THE Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) has called for intensified efforts in fighting gender violence which also violates human rights. Kagera Regional PCCB Chief, Mr John Joseph explained that gender violence incidents were on the increase but the victims do not report them to relevant authorities for necessary action. “PCCB cannot work alone. […]