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India Sexual violence mars the highs of God’s own country

June 30, 2012

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On June 16, after a hard day’s work, L Liji (19), a salesgirl working in Varkala, a tourist hotspot in south Kerala, was on her way home. She sensed that a motorcycle-borne man was stalking her. The assailant later pounced on her. When she resisted, he rammed her with his motorcycle. Critically injured, she bled […]

Air Force Sex Abuse Scandal Widens

June 29, 2012

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At least 31 female Air Force recruits have been identified as potential victims of sexual misconduct or abuse, according to an ongoing investigation. The recruits were allegedly victimized by more than a dozen male drill instructors at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Six of the instructors face court martial for charges including engaging in […]

Five Saudi women detained for driving (Saudi Arabia)

June 29, 2012

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SSource: Emirates 24/7 A Saudi activist says at least five women have been taken into custody accused of defying the men-only driving rule in the ultraconservative Arab kingdom. The detentions mark the first major backlash by Saudi authorities since a campaign was launched nearly two weeks ago to challenge the driving restrictions. Dozens of women […]

Dishonour killing: 24-year-old woman killed by family (India)

June 29, 2012

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New Delhi: A 24-year-old teacher was allegedly killed by her mother and brother in Kanjhawla, near the capital, after she refused to stay with her husband and wanted to marry another person from a different caste. The victim, identified as Deepti Chikara, was allegedly pressurised into a marriage in January after her family rejected her relationship […]

Burkina Faso: human trafficking in west Africa – in pictures

June 28, 2012

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Every year, thousands of girls and women are trafficked from Nigeria to the African hub of Ouagadougou. Many are lured by promises of jobs as hairdressers or nannies and most believe they are heading to Europe or the US. Often, they are then told they have been sold and must work as prostitutes to pay […]

New Delhi Court acquits man who ‘forced’ wife to commit suicide

June 27, 2012

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Citing lack of evidence as a reason, a city court has acquitted a man facing trial for driving his wife to commit suicide, by taunting her for not bearing a male child. Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau acquitted North-West Delhi resident Om Prakash, and said that to make him liable for the death of his […]

Court acquits man who ‘forced’ wife to commit suicide

June 27, 2012

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Citing lack of evidence as a reason, a city court has acquitted a man facing trial for driving his wife to commit suicide, by taunting her for not bearing a male child. Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau acquitted North-West Delhi resident Om Prakash, and said that to make him  liable for the death of his […]