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Taliban reject rape, murder claims of freed Canadian hostage

Kabul: The Taliban on Sunday rejected claims by freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle that his kidnappers had killed his child and raped his wife during the family’s captivity, saying the woman had a “natural miscarriage”. Boyle and his American wife Caitlan Coleman were seized by the Taliban while hiking in Afghanistan in 2012, and then…

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Woody Allen ‘sad’ for Harvey Weinstein over sexual assault allegations

NEWS DESK: Woody Allen has said he is “sad” for Harvey Weinstein as the producer faces numerous allegations of sexual assault, reported BBC. The filmmaker said he had heard rumours but not “these horror stories” after a number of women came forward to accuse Weinstein of assault. Weinstein was voted off the board behind the…

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Rohingya mother says Burmese soldiers threw her baby into fire, gang-raped her later

NEWS DESK: ​Hundreds of women stood in the river, held at gunpoint, ordered not to move. A pack of soldiers stepped toward a petite young woman with light brown eyes and delicate cheekbones. Her name was Rajuma, and she was standing chest-high in the water, clutching her baby son, while her village in Burma burned…

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Sex with wife who is under 18 is rape, rules India top court

NEW DELHI: In a landmark verdict, the Indian Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday ruled that sex with a wife who is under 18 years of age is rape and therefore a crime, reported Times of India. The top court did not rule on ‘marital rape’, which is sexual intercourse forced upon a spouse no matter…

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India rape: Child’s baby ‘was fathered by second uncle’

NEWS DESK: A 10-year-old Indian rape victim, who gave birth to a baby girl in August, had been made pregnant by one of her uncles, police say, reported BBC. Police are filing charges against the suspect – who is the second uncle of the girl’s to be accused of raping her. The first uncle has…

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US lawmakers want ‘stealthing’ classified as rape

NEWS DESK: Two US lawmakers are pushing for Congress to classify “stealthing” – the act of secretly removing a condom during sex – as rape, reported The Independent. The practice, which transforms a consensual act into a non-consensual one, puts the partner at risk of sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies. The phenomenon has gained…

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U.N. medics see evidence of rape in Myanmar army ‘cleansing’ campaign

COX‘S BAZAR, Bangladesh: Doctors treating some of the 429,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in recent weeks have seen dozens of women with injuries consistent with violent sexual attacks, U.N. clinicians and other health workers said, reported Reuters. The medics’ accounts, backed in some cases by medical notes reviewed by Reuters,…

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Indian teen rape survivor gives birth to baby boy

MUMBAI: A 13-year-old rape survivor who was allowed to terminate a late pregnancy by India’s Supreme Court has given birth to a pre-term baby boy, a doctor said Friday. The teenager was 32 weeks pregnant, well beyond India’s 20-week legal limit after which terminations are only allowed where there is a danger to the life…

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Court jails Gurmeet Ram Rahim for 10 years for rape

ROHTAK: An Indian court on Monday sentenced a controversial spiritual leader to 10 years in prison for raping two of his devotees, days after his followers went on a rampage that left 38 dead. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, 50, had been convicted on Friday of raping the two women at the sprawling headquarters of his…

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Labour Party MP critical of left-wing sexism received ‘600 rape and death threats in a single day’

NEWS DESK: A Labour MP has called for increased support and training for women in public life after revealing she received 600 rape threats in a single day last year, reported The Independent. Speaking to The Independent, Jess Phillips, MP for Birmingham Yardley since 2015, said there was nothing in common with those threatening her…

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Indian city under siege after 30 die in clashes

India: Hundreds of troops Saturday patrolled a northern Indian city hit by deadly clashes that killed at least 30 people after thousands protested a court’s decision to convict a controversial spiritual leader of rape. The army was deployed in Haryana state’s Panchkula city after tens of thousands of followers of guru Ram Rahim Singh went on…

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Are Karachiites more violent towards strangers than Islamabad residents?

KARACHI: An overwhelming number of respondents in Karachi – over 88% – reported being a victim of violence by strangers. Meanwhile, 35% of respondents in Islamabad-Rawalpindi reported violence by strangers. Dr Daanish Mustafa of King’s College, London, revealed this while speaking on the research report, titled ‘Gender and Violence in Urban Pakistan’, launched at IBA…

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Indian cities in lockdown as ‘guru in bling’ awaits rape verdict

PANCHKULA: Tens of thousands of supporters of a controversial Indian guru marched Thursday on a city where he is standing trial for rape, alarming state authorities who redoubled security and suspended mobile internet services. A court at Panchkula in the northern state of Haryana is expected Friday to deliver a verdict in the case against…

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Fertility doctor arrested for raping patient in India

THANE: A city doctor has been arrested by the crime branch on charges of raping a patient, reported Times of India. The police said the accused doctor is assisting another surrogacy specialist doctor who runs a fertility centre in the Naupada area and has been in practice for around 10 years. According to police, the…

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12-year-old child raped in India as she was on way to school for Independence Day celebrations

CHANDIGARH: A 12-year-old girl on her way to school to celebrate Independence Day was kidnapped and raped in Chandigarh on Tuesday, reported NDTV. The class eight student had taken a short-cut to school through the children’s traffic park in Chandigarh’s Sector 23 when a man stopped her, pulled her aside and raped her. Initial information…

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62-year-old rape survivor loses battle with life in India

KOLKATA: A 62-year-old braveheart from Sandeshkhali, who had been battling death at a Kolkata hospital for the past 27 days after being raped, tortured and her private parts brutalized, finally lost the battle Tuesday morning, reported Times of India. The survivor was admitted in the NRS Hospital after being referred to by the Basirhat subdivisional…

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Multan revenge rape case: Men can never protect us

By Minerwa Tahir In 2002, a young girl named Mukhtar Mai was gang-raped on the orders of a Jirga as punishment for her brother who was accused of raping someone. Fifteen years later, another young girl bore the brunt of another such Jirga ruling. Are we still living in 2002? Women continue to bear punishments…

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Why panchayat ruling only for women, asks Mukhtaran Mai

NEWS DESK: After the heinous acts of sexual assault committed against two girls in Multan, social activist Mukhtaran Mai spoke out against the panchayat system. She asked why such panchayats give rulings for women alone. She demanded that the policing system should be ameliorated. Watch this:

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17-year-old raped for ‘revenge’ in Multan on panchayat’s orders

NEWS DESK: A panchayat in Multan broke all records of violation of human rights: the 17-year-old sister of a rapist was raped by the brother of a 12-year-old rape survivor on the panchayat’s orders. In Rajapur, a man identified as Umer had sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl, after which the panchayat ruled that the child’s…

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Indian Muslim woman ‘raped and murdered in honour killing’ after starting relationship with Arab man

NEWS DESK: An Indian Muslim teenager involved in a relationship with an Arab man was kidnapped, raped and murdered in a suspected ‘honour killing’ in London, a court has heard. The body of Celine Dookhran, 19, was found stuffed in a fridge with her throat slit after a second woman who was also attacked raised…

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India’s Supreme Court to consider abortion plea of 10-year-old raped by uncle

NEWS DESK: Doctors will examine on Wednesday a 10-year-old child raped by her uncle as India’s top court considers whether she should be allowed to have an abortion despite strict laws, reported AFP. The girl’s parents went to the Supreme Court after their appeal to abort the 26-week foetus was rejected by a lower authority,…

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