Indian court finds spiritual guru guilty of raping devotee

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

An Indian court on Wednesday found a high-profile spiritual guru Asaram Bapu guilty of raping a teenage female devotee in 2013 and he faces a maximum of life in prison. The verdict against 77-year-old Bapu was read out inside a prison in the city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan state because of fears that his followers may resort to violence. The case is the latest in a series of high-profile rape cases in India that have fueled public protests and raised questions about how police handle the cases and ...

India approves death penalty for rape of girls under 12

Saturday, 21 April 2018

India’s cabinet on Saturday approved the death penalty for rapists of girls below the age of 12, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an emergency meeting in response to nationwide outrage in the wake of a series of cases.The executive order, or ordinance, amends the criminal law to also include more drastic punishment for convicted rapists of girls below the age of 16, government officials said. The order, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, will come into effect once it is signed by ...

Has rape and murder of a child in Kashmir widened India’s religious fault line?

Saturday, 21 April 2018

The rape and murder of eight-year-old Asifa in Kashmir has divided India along religious lines like never before. While the secular fabric of this nation has always been held together very thin, the current low in the political debate, and that includes all political parties, has now dragged the issue to a new low.What makes the incident even more embarrassing is the fact that the brutal rape and murder has seen a parallel conversation pointing to the fact that Asifa was a Muslim and the alleged ...

Ramadan admits to relationship with rape accuser

Friday, 20 April 2018

Swiss Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan who has been in French custody since February 2 following rape charges by multiple women has admitted he had relations with one of the five women accusers, reported The 45-year-old woman who is a French national and former escort, has described that the incident happened after she interacted with Ramadan on social media at “a difficult time in her life”. According to her, the meetings quickly transformed into violent sexual assault. ...

Rape suspect Tariq Ramadan has multiple sclerosis: doctors

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, in detention in France over rape allegations, is suffering from multiple sclerosis, but could be treated behind bars, according to judicial medical opinion. The prominent TV pundit and Oxford University professor, whose grandfather founded Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood movement, was detained by a French court in February over charges that he raped two Muslim women in France. A third alleged victim has come forward since then. In February, a French ...

India court fines media for naming rape victim

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

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 stigma attached to the crime.The New Delhi High Court ordered each firm to pay one million rupees within a week to be used for a compensation scheme for sexual assault victims.The law ...

Shock over gang rape, murder of 8-year-old in Indian Kashmir

Saturday, 14 April 2018

The brutal gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in India has triggered nationwide outrage, inflamed communal tensions and shone a fresh critical light on the prevalence of sexual crimes. The killing has sent out the sort of shockwaves that shook the country after the equally horrific gang rape of a Delhi student on a bus in 2012 that made headlines around the world. That case saw India Gate in New Delhi become the focus of massive public protests, and opposition leader Rahul Gandhi led ...

Child’s rape, killing in India mired in religious politics

Friday, 13 April 2018

The girl, just 8 years old, was grazing her family’s ponies on a chilly January day in the forests of the Himalayan foothills when she was kidnapped. Her raped and mutilated body was found in the woods a week later. In 2012, the fatal gang rape of a young woman in the heart of India’s capital moved hundreds of thousands of Indians to take to the streets to demand stricter rape laws. But the gang rape, torture and death of a Muslim girl in Indian-controlled Kashmir has seen far ...

Rape-accused Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan ‘paid woman for silence’ in 2015

Thursday, 5 April 2018

The prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, detained in France over rape allegations, paid a woman to stay silent about their relationship in 2015, the Belgian judiciary said. Ramadan, 55, paid the Belgian-Moroccan woman 27,000 euros ($33,000) to stop posting details about their affair online, Luc Hennart, president of the Court of First Instance in Brussels, confirmed to AFP Wednesday. The Oxford professor was detained by a French court in February over charges that he raped two Muslim women ...

Indian police accused of failing rape victims despite reforms

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

More than five years after a horrific rape sparked promises to empower women in India and reform the handling of sexual assault cases, victims say they still face harassment when they turn to police for help.The sickening assault on Delhi student Jyoti Singh in 2012 provoked national soul-searching about widespread failure to tackle sex crimes, and bolstered laws to punish offenders and police accused of turning a blind eye or victim shaming.But rights groups say police still refuse to file ...

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