Lebanese actress shocks fans after revealing she was ‘almost raped’

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Lebanese actress Anne-Marie Salameh has revealed this week that she was “attacked and almost raped.” Speaking to a local entertainment news site, Salemeh said a man - reported to be a Syrian – scaled her building from the stairwell and entered her apartment while she was sleeping in her beroom. He then assaulted her and attempted to rape her, Salameh said, adding that her neck is still in pain from when he strangled her. She managed to escape by grabbing her car keys and ...

US rapper Nelly arrested over tour-bus rape allegations

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Grammy Award-winning rapper Nelly was arrested Saturday after a woman accused him of raping her in his tour bus, police in the northwestern state of Washington said.Just before 4 am local time a woman called the emergency 911 line “to report that she was sexually assaulted by a male, who is known as the rapper ‘Nelly,’” police in Auburn, Washington said.After police investigated the incident, “at 4:37 AM Nelly was taken into custody and booked” at the local ...

Indian court sentences self-styled ‘guru’ to 10 years in prison

Monday, 28 August 2017

An Indian judge sentenced a self-styled ‘guru’, whose followers went on a deadly rampage after he was convicted of rape last week, to 10 years’ jail on Monday. There were no reports of violence after Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was sentenced. Ten of thousands of police enforced a lockdown in large parts of the northern states of Haryana and Punjab where Singh, 50, has a mass following. Police in Haryana issued orders to shoot protesters on sight ahead of the sentencing and ordered ...

28 dead after Indian guru Ram Rahim Singh’s rape conviction triggers riots

Friday, 25 August 2017

Mobs rampaged across a north Indian state on Friday, leaving 28 people dead and more than 250 others injured, after a court declared a quasi-religious sect leader guilty of raping two of his followers, authorities said. Mobs set fire to government buildings and attacked police and TV journalists in the town of Panchkula in Haryana state, smashing the windshields of news vans and breaking broadcast equipment. Police initially used tear gas and water cannons and then fired bullets in the air in an ...

Kung Fu nuns strike back at rising attacks on women in India

Friday, 25 August 2017

As dawn breaks, the sun edges over the expansive jagged mountains of Ladakh - a remote Buddhist ex-kingdom in the Indian Himalayas bordering Tibet - to reveal a world where time appears to have stood still. The chant of monks in a centuries-old monastery can be heard in the distance. Villagers slowly emerge from whitewashed stone cottages to tend to their wheat and barley fields, and ready their goats to search for pasture. Complete with its picture-perfect temples precariously perched atop ...

Ten-year-old rape victim denied abortion in India

Monday, 7 August 2017

A 10-year-old girl residing in the Indian city of Chandigarh has been denied an abortion after allegedly being raped repeatedly by a relative, the BBC news agency reported. The girl’s story has taken the country by storm after India’s Supreme Court rejected a petition to pursue an abortion. The plea was rejected on the ground that she is far into her pregnancy at 32 weeks. The rape-victim’s family, who signed on her behalf, expressed disappointment over the court order. ...

Yazidi girl, 14, speaks of six-month ordeal at the hands of ISIS captor

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

In the year 2014, Ekhlas, a 14-year-old was captured by ISIS when they targeted the Yazidis, an ethnic Kurdish group in northern Iraq, killing men and capturing women and children. According to a report in the BBC, Ekhlas was one of the girls they captured when she was trying to escape to Mount Sinjar. The report says that she was one of the 150 girls that were picked up and held as a sex slave and that she was raped every day for six months. “He was so ugly, like a beast, with his long ...

‘Clothes are the reason’: Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood leader justifies rape of little girls

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Statements made by Yemeni parliament member of the Islah Party Abdullah al-Adini about the relationship between young girls’ clothes and rape incidents, following the murder and rape of three-year-old Rana Al Matri in Sana’a, have sparked a lot of controversy and criticism in Yemen. Instead of blaming the perpetrator or at least keeping quiet about the crime that shook the nation, the Sheikh wrote a long article on his Facebook page titled ‘Girls’ Clothes are the Gateway ...

Medical app aims to tackle rape, flag war crimes in conflict-torn Congo

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Activists behind an app designed to assist doctors document evidence of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo aim to go beyond obtaining justice for rape victims and collect data which could help secure prosecutions for war crimes. Developed by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), MediCapt allows clinicians to record medical examination results digitally and photograph victims’ injuries, store them online and send them directly to law enforcement officials and lawyers. In a ...

Even after 15 years, Indian rape survivor’s quest for justice continues

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Bilkis Bano looked bruised and battered on the Mother’s Day on May 14. Though the merciless men who gang-raped her when she was 19 got their just deserts last week, the 15-year-long desperate quest for justice is far from over for who is now a 34-year-old mother of five.After all, like the perpetrators of the horrific sexual crime who abandoned the five-months-pregnant Muslim woman to die, the Hindu nationalist party-controlled government in the western Indian state of Gujarat has also ...

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