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Monday
Mar182013

Arrests Made in Alleged Gang Rape of Swiss Tourist in India

Photodisc/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW DELHI) -- Police in India claim they have five men in custody who apparently confessed to gang raping a Swiss tourist last Friday.

The country is still in an uproar over the fatal gang rape of a local woman three months ago.  Sex assaults by multiple perpetrators have spurred widespread calls for more action by the Indian government to protect women.

In the latest incident, the 39-year-old Swiss woman was attacked at a campsite outside the temple town of Orchha while she and her husband were on a cycling trip through the country.

According to the couple, a gang of men beat the husband and then forced him to watch as his wife was raped by the suspects.  They also allegedly took money and a laptop from the couple.

The woman has since been treated at a hospital and released.  In the meantime, police in central Madya Pradesh state said they detained 20 men and obtained confessions from five of them.

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Monday
Jan142013

Second Alleged Gang Rape in India Stirs Nation Again

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW DELHI) -- There are new shockwaves in India following the alleged gang rape of a woman who boarded a bus in Punjab last Friday night.

For a country already in an uproar about what prosecutors said was the brutal gang rape of a medical student on a bus in New Delhi last month, this new report of a similar sexual attack is certain to stir more demonstrations calling for added protection for women by police.

Unlike the woman in the December attack who died from her injuries, the alleged victim of the Punjab assault survived and told police that both the bus driver and an assistant helped her assailants take her to an undisclosed location where she claimed she was raped all night.

Afterwards, the 29-year-old married mother said she was brought to her village and then notified police.

Six men, including the bus driver, were arrested and charged with rape while another suspect remains at large.

In the case of the dead medical student, at least five men face the death penalty if convicted.

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Monday
Jan072013

Father of Indian Rape Victim Reveals Name of Daughter

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- At the request of the victim’s father, Britain’s The Sunday People newspaper has published the name of the late 23-year-old woman who was brutally gang-raped in New Delhi last December.

Badri Singh Pandey said he wanted "the world to know her real name," which is Jyoti Singh Pandey.

Legally, the laws in India forbid identification of sex crime victims in an effort to protect them.

However, Pandey told the newspaper, "My daughter didn't do anything wrong, she died while protecting herself."

He added, "I am proud of her.  Revealing her name will give courage to other women who have survived these attacks.  They will find strength from my daughter."

The father also called for the death penalty for the men charged in his daughter's rape, which has galvanized women's rights groups in India to demand that the government do more to make them feel less like second-class citizens in their own country.

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Sunday
Jan062013

Five Men Accused of New Delhi Rape and Murder to Appear in Court

SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW DELHI, India) -- A government prosecutor said five of the six men accused of the rape and fatal beating of a woman on a bus in New Delhi were set to appear in court on Sunday, Bloomberg News reports.

The prosecutor said the five men, all over the age of 18, will be tried for rape and murder, as well as other charges. A sixth accused man, who is a juvenile, is slated to appear before a separate judicial panel Sunday. The prosecutor said police have submitted evidence including DNA test results of the accused men to the court, Bloomberg News reports.

The assault on the woman and her male friend, which resulted in her death two weeks later, has spurred protests across India with demands that the government provides faster justice, safer streets and harsher sentences in rape cases, according to Bloomberg News.

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Monday
Dec312012

Indian Gang-Rape Victim Dies from Injuries and Is Cremated

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW DELHI) -- A 23-year-old Indian woman who died on Saturday after being brutally raped and beaten by a gang of men while riding a bus two weeks ago was cremated in New Delhi on Sunday.

The medical student, who was not identified, had been brought to Singapore for treatment, but physicians were unable to save her because of severe injuries to her body and brain.

Meanwhile, six men seized in connection with the attack face murder charges in the rape and assault that has spurred country-wide demonstrations about how women are treated in India.

India's governing Congress party head Sonia Gandhi has promised to change the social mindset that many say lead men to treat women as second-class citizens.

New Delhi officials have said they would institute a measure to better protect women that includes providing more police night patrols and changes on buses to make female passengers feel more secure.

However, those who back Gandhi believe the male-dominated government remains blind to the everyday problems women face and, in particular, how police often casually disregard rape allegations.

There are also concerns that if men are sentenced to die for rape, it will only make criminals more inclined to kill victims to keep them from testifying against them.

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Saturday
Dec292012

Six Men Charged with Murder After New Delhi Gang Rape Victim Dies

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW DELHI) -- A 23-year-old woman died on Saturday due to injuries from a gang rape last week, and six men connected to the rape in New Delhi will now face murder charges, reports the BBC.

The female victim was transferred from a Delhi hospital to a specialist in Singapore and passed away on Saturday.

According to the BBC, there are hundreds of armed police and riot troops on patrol in Delhi to monitor public protests over the rape victim’s death.

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Friday
Jun032011

Woman Who Claimed Rape by Gadhafi Forces Returned to Libya

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(GENEVA) -- Iman al-Obeidi, the Libyan woman who dramatically burst into a Tripoli hotel where journalists were staying accusing Moammar Gadhafi's forces of gang raping her, was deported from Qatar back to Libya Thursday.

Al-Obeidi fled to Tunisia and then to Qatar following her arrest and subsequent release.  Vincent Cochetel, the spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told ABC News that al-Obeidi was flown to eastern Libya at midday on a military plane since there are no commercial flights into Benghazi.

Cochetel says al-Obeidi feared returning to Libya and that she was sent back “by force.”

Officially, al-Obeidi was deported because she had overstayed her visa, despite her refugee status in Qatar.  The UNHCR says this is the first time Qatar has abruptly forced a deportation before they could find another resettlement country.

UNHCR says al-Obeidi is now in a Benghazi hotel.´╗┐

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Wednesday
May042011

South Africa Task Force to Fight 'Corrective Rape' of Lesbians

Ablestock/Thinkstock(NAIROBI, Kenya) -- South African law enforcement officials Wednesday said a new task force will be formed to address crimes against homosexuals after the gang rape and murder of a young woman believed to have been a victim of "corrective rape," or men attacking lesbians to "turn them straight" and punishing the women for being gay.

"The team will be charged with developing a legislative intervention plan, a public awareness strategy, and LGBTI sensitive shelters," Tlali Tlai, the chief of staff for the Ministry of Justice, told reporters. The announcement came after a parliamentary meeting involving senior officials from the country's law enforcement, legal and social program departments.

More than 170,000 people from all around the world signed a petition calling for the South African government to act after Noxolo Nogwaza, a 24-year-old lesbian, was gang-raped, stoned and stabbed to death using shards of broken glass nearly two weeks ago. The petition was sponsored by Change.org, a global human rights campaigning website.

"South Africa: Take Action to Stop 'Corrective Rape," the petition states in bold letters. "We demanded that the South African government take 'corrective rape' seriously, and they have agreed to do...and then some," Change.org said after Wednesday's announcement.

The new task force will tackle issues such as whether crimes against the homosexual and transgender community should be considered hate crimes, whether a rape motivated by sexual orientation should receive a harsher sentence and increased sensitivity training for police, social workers and judiciary officials. The team is scheduled to begin work in July.

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