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French director Luc Besson accused of rape, denies ‘fantasist’ accusations

A young actress has lodged a complaint for rape against French film director Luc Besson, judicial sources said Saturday, the latest in a string of sexual abuse allegations in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The filmmaker’s lawyer Thierry Marembert said he categorically denied the claims calling them “fantasist accusations”, adding that the complainant…

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In India, boy victims of sex crimes don’t get talked about

He was lured into a room near where he played cricket, a man then shut the door and window, and raped him. That’s what a 14-year-old Mumbai boy told his mother from his hospital bed last July. The boy died soon after, killed by the rat poison he consumed after the assault, according to details…

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Indian man rapes 17-year-old girl, sets her alight for refusing marriage proposal

A 17-year-old battled for her life Monday after a man raped her and set her on fire, the second such case to shake India as it battles an increase in sexual crimes. The teenager was attacked on the same day and in the same eastern state of Jharkhand as a 16-year-old who was raped and burned to…

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Young girl’s rape triggers more angry protests in India

Protests erupted in southern India over the rape of a nine-year-old girl, as anger over the failure of police to stem a series of sex attacks on children boiled over. Reported rape cases in India have climbed steadily over recent years to around 40,000 in 2016, or about 100 a day, with many more believed…

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Shaken by toddler’s rape death, Chile seeks to alter law on sex crimes

With the country in an uproar over the brutal rape and death of a toddler, Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera on Thursday backed plans to lift the statute of limitations on sex crimes against minors. The move came just days after 20-month-old Ambar was taken to a hospital in the central Los Andes region by her…

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Indian court rules self-styled ‘godman’ guilty of raping 16-year-old

NEW DELHI: A court in India’s western state of Rajasthan on Wednesday convicted a self-styled religious preacher of raping a teenage girl, police said, the latest in a series of sexual abuse accusations against such figures, reported Reuters. The case highlights the Indian heartland’s fascination with spiritual gurus, who wield immense influence for their ability…

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UN peacekeepers from Nepal accused of child rape in S. Sudan

UNITED NATIONS: UN peacekeepers from Nepal are facing allegations of child rape in South Sudan, the UN spokesman said Monday, describing the case as “especially heinous.” At the request of the United Nations, Nepal agreed to send a team of investigators to work with the UN office of internal oversight on the case. “Any act…

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Muslim nomads see rape as new sign of hostility in India

The Muslim nomads who lead their goats, cows and horses up and down the Kashmir hills have never felt at ease in modern India and the gruesome rape and murder of a girl from the impoverished community has heightened their fears, reported AFP. Many of the Bakarwals speeded up their annual migration out of the…

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Twelve media houses fined for naming rape victim in India

NEW DELHI: An Indian court on Wednesday ordered 12 media companies to pay $15,000 each to a compensation fund for victims of sexual violence after they published the name of an eight-year-old girl who was gang raped and murdered. Indian law prohibits the naming of rape victims, even after they have died, because of the…

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We will take action against Orangi protesters: Sindh home minister

KARACHI: Sindh Home Minister Suhail Anwar Khan Siyal said the government will take action against the protesters in Orangi Town. At least 15 people were arrested when a protest against the rape and murder of a six-year-old child in Orangi Town turned violent Tuesday. “They should not have protested as a case had been registered,” said the…

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Two accused involved in murder and rape of Orangi child remanded in police custody till April 25

KARACHI: Two accused named in the killing and rape of seven-year-old child in Orangi Town have been sent into police custody on physical remand till April 25. The body of the minor, Rabia, was recovered last night near the Northern Bypass. The area falls in the jurisdiction of the Manghopir police. The child lived in…

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Orangi child case: Post-mortem confirms rape, torture

The post-mortem of the six-year-old found dead in the bushes Monday night confirmed rape and torture. The body of the minor was recovered last night near the Northern Bypass. The area falls in the jurisdiction of the Manghopir police. The child lived in Orangi Town’s Baloch Goth. She went missing on April 15. The police…

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Activists call protests over raped girl and teenager in India

NEW DELHI: Activists called protests across India over the weekend, demanding justice for an eight-year-old Muslim girl who was gang-raped and murdered in Indian-held Kashmir, and another rape case involving a ruling party lawmaker. Police said they were interviewing the BJP lawmaker on Friday in connection with the rape of a teenager, raising the political…

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Men kill Kashmiri girl after raping her for days in Jammu mandir, finds investigation

SRINAGAR: Men killed eight-year-old Asifa Bano after raping her inside a temple in Indian-administered Kashmir, said a report by Special Investigation Team of Crime Branch, Jammu and Kashmir Police. The body was found January 17 from bushes in the forest seven days after she went missing, Rising Kashmir reported. Asifa was abducted in the forest…

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Policeman suspended on charges of raping teenager

DERA MURAD JAMALI: A police officer was suspended on charges of raping a teenage girl in Dera Murad Jamali. The policeman has been blamed of assaulting a young woman who came to his checkpost for protection. The initial investigation report confirmed that the teenager was raped. SSP Hussain Lehri took action and suspended him from…

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Girl found burnt, rape being investigated in Chichawatni

Report by: Zafar Iqbal Ansari CHICHAWATNI: An eight-year-old girl was found burnt in Chichawatni and police are investigating the claims of rape, Samaa reported Tuesday. She went missing on Sunday from Mehmoodabad area of Chichawatni, a tehsil in Sahiwal district. A few hours later, she was found unconscious, with burns on her body. The girl…

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CJP takes notice of murder of Jaranwala girl

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took suo motu notice of a minor girl who was murdered after rape in Jaranwala and directed the Punjab police chief to submit report within 48 hours. Seven-year-old Mubashira was abducted while she was playing near her house on April 1. Later, her body was recovered from…

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Faisalabad child murder: Autopsy confirms rape, torture

The postmortem of the child found dead in Faisalabad has confirmed rape and torture Seven-year-old Mubashira went missing Sunday. The body was recovered from Islampura the next morning. The autopsy report adds there were 21 torture marks on the child’s body. However, medical superintendent Dr Tariq, said the cause of the death has yet to…

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Body of seven-year-old girl found in Faisalabad

FAISALABAD: Body of another girl has been found from Islampura, Faisalabad this morning, reported Samaa Monday, a week after body of a woman was recovered from the same area.  Seven-year-old Mubashira went missing yesterday. According to police, there are torture marks on the girl’s body. Body has been handed over to the family after the…

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Police arrest four in connection with Faisalabad student murder

Reporting by Usman Siddiq The police arrested four men in connection with the rape and murder of a university student in Faisalabad Three of the arrested suspects belong to the neighbourhood of the deceased. The 25-year-old woman, Abida Ahmed, was a student of MA in English at Faisalabad Government College University. She went missing five…

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Faisalabad university student murder: postmortem confirms rape

The postmortem of the Faisalabad university student has confirmed rape The 25-year-old woman, Abida Ahmed, was a student of MA in English at Faisalabad Government College University. She went missing four days ago when she left for the university. Her body was fished out of a stream on Wednesday, after which police registered a case…

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