Archive | September 4, 2013

Is Society Ready to Penalize Rape?

Is Society Ready to Penalize Rape?

Egyptian NGOs report more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults against women took place in the midst of demonstrations since the coup of 30 June, 2013 affecting both foreign and Egyptian women have been attacked. In India, one woman is raped every 20 minutes.

Justice is not always meted out as it was successfully done in the sentencing of one of the perpetrators in the brutal and fatal rape of a young Indian woman which was as a result of mass civil protest.

Challenging gender violence as become one of the many societal injustices that has been forced to take a long look in the mirror since 2011 (former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn), but those injustices that have penetrated all levels of society have to face justice comes in many forms in order to unravel the big knot of sexual objectification . . .


By David Ferguson

A 27-year-old man named Richard Thomas collapsed in terror when police informed him that the woman he admitted to raping was HIV-positive. According to a BBC report, Thomas is currently waiting for his own test results to return.

Thomas had by his own admission taken alcohol, Ecstasy and cocaine on the night when he broke into the Greater Manchester, U.K. home of his victim. The woman had taken a sleeping pill and only woke up when Thomas had already penetrated her from behind.

‘He was arrested and interviewed and said he had been drinking heavily, taken cocaine and ecstasy and could not recall the incident,’ he added.

His barrister, Virginia Hayton, said that he still cannot recall the attack but when told about it he said that the woman ‘would not lie, she tells the truth. If she says I have done it, I have done it’.

Jailing Thomas for five years and four months Judge Mark Brown said that he had committed ‘this dreadful offence’ while she lay asleep, having taken a sleeping tablet, and it had left her distressed and anxious.

Prosecutor Harry Pepper told the BBC, “She froze and no words were exchanged. He pulled up his shorts and left.”

Judge Mark Brown called the attack “dreadful” and sentenced Thomas to five years and four months for the crime.

When police informed Thomas that his victim was HIV-positive, he collapsed and was taken to a hospital. He was tested there for HIV exposure and the results are pending. He told police he knew the woman he attacked was ill, but not the specific disease.

His attorney, Virginia Hayton said, “It is his own fault, if he had not committed this offense he would not have placed himself in this position.”


By Nina Kate

The 23-year-old man who beat his daughter’s rapist to death near the rural town of Shriner, Texas, will not be prosecuted for the incident. A grand jury in Lavaca County decided against pressing charges on the father, who killed Jesus Mora Flores, 47, when he caught him molesting the 5-year-old in a secluded shack on the family farm in June.

Said District Attorney Heather McMinn shortly after the incident, “Under the law in the state of Texas, deadly force is authorized and justified in order to stop an aggravated sexual assault or sexual assault.”

Before the attack, the girl and her brother went out to the feed the chickens. When Flores, a farmhand, picked up the girl and carried her to an out-of-the-way area, her brother ran back to tell his father what was happening. Once the man heard the news, he rushed toward the shack, reportedly guided by his daughter’s screams.

When he arrived on the scene, he found the child with Flores, both of their underwear removed. Driven to rage, he began beating Flores until the farmhand lost consciousness. He then called 911.

Despite his anger, the father showed great concern that the man might not survive the beating. He told the 911 dispatcher, who had trouble locating the farm, “Come on! This guy is going to die on me! I don’t know what to do.”

At one point, he offered to drive Flores to the hospital in his own truck to help save his life.

The father’s name is not being released in order to protect the identity of his daughter. Immediately following the incident, Sheriff Micah Harmon stated he would not press charges, deferring the decision to a grand jury.

Harmon described him as “very remorseful,” and told CNN, “You have a right to defend your daughter … the girl’s father acted in defense of his third person.”

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Egypt Military Court Sentences 11 MB Members to Life in Jail*

Egypt Military Court Sentences 11 MB Members to Life in Jail*

An Egyptian military court has sentenced 11 Muslim Brotherhood members to life in prison as the government continues its clampdown on supporters of the country’s largest political group.

The men received life terms on Tuesday on charges of “shooting and adopting violent means” against the army in the port city of Suez on August 14.

The court handed five-year jail terms to 45 other Brotherhood members while eight defendants were acquitted.

The clashes erupted following a military crackdown in the streets of Cairo against the supporters of ousted president, Mohamed Morsi.

On July 3, the Egyptian Army removed the democratically-elected Morsi from office and declared the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmoud Mansour, as the country’s interim president. The army also suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament.

The army-appointed government has launched a bloody crackdown on Morsi supporters and arrested more than 2,000 Brotherhood members.

On Monday, a judicial advisory panel set up by the country’s military-backed government accused the Brotherhood of operating outside the law.

It also recommended the dissolution of the group, which is a legally registered non-governmental organization (NGO).

The move comes shortly after the arrest of the Brotherhood’s supreme leader, Mohamed Badie, on August 20 on charges of “inciting violence.”

Badie had said the coup against Morsi was illegal and vowed to “complete the revolution” that toppled the Western-backed regime of former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Nearly 1,000 people were killed in a week of violence between anti-coup protesters and security forces after police dispersed their protest camps in Cairo in a deadly operation on August 14.

The massacre sparked international condemnation and prompted world bodies to call for an independent investigation into the violence.


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President Mursi’s Economic Achievements Slips Out of the Misinformation Campaign*

As the current unelected military government frames usted president Mursi for their counter-revolutilnary acts of violence and acts of civil disobedience spreads (non-payment of gas and electricity  bills), two months after the military coup that ousted Egypt’s elected President Mohammad Mursi, Egypt’s state-run newspapers are now recognizing Dr. Mursi and his government’s achievements. Al-Ahram newspaper published an economic report on Sunday that reveals Egypt had achieved a trade surplus for the first time in 50 years during the first half of 2013.

According to the report, Egypt had a trade surplus worth around 15 billion Egyptian pounds, with total exports rising to 90.5 billion pounds, while the volume of imports did not exceed 75 billion pounds.

Hatem Saleh, the former Minister of Trade and Industry, commented on the report, saying:

“the trade surplus that amounts to 15 billion pounds is a true achievement for Hesham Qandil and Dr. Mohammad Mursi. This is the first achievement for Egyptian trade in 50 years.”

Saleh added on Facebook:

“The achievement is a result of joint efforts of the Ministry of Commerce, the Central Bank and several other institutions amidst extremely difficult economic and political conditions. God has promised to reward those who work hard. The trade surplus is a natural result of the increase in Egyptian exports during the first six months of 2013 to 90.5 billion pounds while imports did not exceed the barrier of 75 billion pounds before the military coup on 3rd July.”


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