#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN (Kabul) – Seven Afghani men have been found guilty of kidnapping, attacking and gang raping four women who were returning to Kabul after a wedding on August 23.
Violence against women is common in Afghanistan but barely receives as much attention as this case, which has seen President Karzai call for the men’s deaths.
The men were wearing police uniforms when they stopped a convoy of cars, pulled the women out and attacked them, according to local police.
Police talk to villagers protesting at the crime scene
Two police officers suspected of gang-raping and killing teenage sisters before hanging their bodies from a mango tree have been arrested in India. A third man was also held, according to reports, after the discovery of two bodies renewed public outrage over sexual violence in the country. Villagers in Katra found the bodies hours after the girls, aged 14 and 15, disappeared from fields they used because their homes had no toilet. Hundreds of people spent Wednesday in silent protest over alleged police inaction in the case. Indian TV channels filmed villagers sitting under the girls’ hanging bodies, preventing authorities from removing them until the suspects were arrested. Police responded by making three arrests – and four more suspects are being sought.
Police officers at the scene of the hanging
Autopsies confirmed the girls were gang-raped and strangled before being hanged, police Superintendent Atul Saxena reportedly told AP.
A police station chief has been suspended, according to the news agency, after allegedly ignoring a complaint the girls were missing. India tightened its rape laws last year – introducing the death penalty for gang rape – following the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus in New Delhi. The case sparked nationwide protests. A rape is committed every 22 minutes in India, a nation of 1.2 billion people – and activists say many more cases go unreported because of a culture of tolerance.
#AceWorldNews – NEW DELHI – April 10 – (TOI) -Samjawadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday opposed the new anti-rape law and said that his party would change the law that entails death for rape.
Addressing a rally in Moradabad, Mulayam said, “rape accused should not be hanged. Men make mistakes.”
Questioning the death sentence to three men who were convicted of two gang-rapes in Mumbai last week, Mulayam said, “Should rape cases be punished with hanging? They are boys, they make mistakes.”
The SP chief further said he will support provision for legal action against those who misuse the rape act.
Mulayam’s comments evoked strong reactions with other parties slamming him for his insensitive comments.
The Samajwadi Party believes in creating a socialist society, which works on the principle of equality and the party has a secular and democratic outlook. The Samajwadi Party believes in continuously working towards the upliftment of weaker sections of society and it stands against communal forces.