Indian politicians condone rape


This video from India says about itself:

‘Nobody commits rape deliberately’, says Chhattisgarh Home Minister

7 June 2014

After the brutal rape and murder of two cousins in Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun sparked a nationwide outrage, Chhattisgarh Home Minister Ramsevak Paikra has landed himself into controversy by saying that rape happens “by mistake”.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Indian minister makes rape apologist comments

Sunday 8th June 2014

ANOTHER minister from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling BJP party attempted to excuse rape at the weekend.

Just days ago, Madhya Pradesh state BJP Home Minister Babulal Gaur said rapes were “sometimes right, sometimes wrong.”

And late on Saturday, Chhattisgarh state Home Minister Ramsevak Paikra, who is responsible for law and order, said that rapes did not happen on purpose.

“Such incidents do not happen deliberately. These kind of incidents happen accidentally,” Mr Paikra told reporters.

Mr Paikra, who had been asked for his thoughts on the gang-rape and lynching of two girls in a neighbouring state, later claimed that he had been misquoted.

However, his original remarks were broadcast on television.

Women’s groups slammed the comments, saying they were evidence that politicians were unable to stem sexual violence because they lacked respect for India’s women and were ignorant of the issues.

See also here.

Rape summit in London sparks charge of ‘hypocrisy’. [British] Government under attack for hosting Global Summit to End Sexual Violence event while women asylum seekers suffer: here.

New Ukrainian governmental hatred of women


Oleksandr Sych, deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for the neofascist Svoboda party

We already know that the new regime in Kiev (Kiyv), capital of Ukraine, bases itself partly on anti-Semites of the neo-nazi Svoboda party and Right Sector (Pravy Sektor) paramilitary group.

About women’s issues, including rape, the Svoboda party’s views are remarkably similar to their sister party in Britain, the British Nazi Party, euphemistically calling itself British “National” Party.

From Daily Kos blog in the USA:

Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 04:07 AM PST

Sych a liberation hero

The Kyiv Post has published a rundown of the initial appointments to the new government of Ukraine. My sources had been very insistent that the great “revolution” was deeply penetrated by well-organized far-right parties, in particular Svoboda and the Pravy Sektor. While the fairly large center-right party of former boxer Vladimir Klitschko has chosen not to join the new government of Yulia Tymoshenko, Svoboda has stepped up taking several cabinet positions. Here’s an introduction to their new Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Oleksandr Sych.

Here’s the Kyiv Post on Sych:

“Oleksandr Sych, 49, was appointed deputy prime minister. This Svoboda Party member from Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast had a swift rise since his party made it to parliament. He has made some highly controversial moves in parliament since his election.

One of his legal initiatives was an attempt to ban all abortions, even for pregnancies that occurred during rape, an idea that caused a massive outcry among human rights groups. He also famously recommended women to “lead the kind of lifestyle to avoid the risk of rape, including one from drinking alcohol and being in controversial company.””

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

When a war is going on, the thing that is most easily sidelined is the rights of the marginalised. The provisional Ukrainian government includes figures who have been openly sexist, such as the deputy prime minister, Oleksandr Sych, of the far-right Svoboda party. If these people retain power after the general election on 25 May, the already difficult position of Ukrainian women is likely to get worse.

The American People Don’t Want U.S. Involvement in Ukraine … But Our Government Is Getting Involved Anyway: here.

USA: Arizona pastor: Women in yoga pants are ‘partially responsible’ for rape: here.

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Marital rape legal in Bahrain


This video says about itself:

3 April 2013

Footage has emerged of Bahraini police throwing stun grenades at two women and a young child in the town of Al-Malkiyah on 31 March. The Bahrain Center for Human Rights say the women were targeted for being protesters.

From IANS news agency:

Suggestion on spousal rape opposed in Bahrain

Manama, March 10, 2014

Last Updated at 14:26 IST

Bahrain‘s top legal authority’s suggestion that spousal rape should not be treated as crime has been opposed, local media reported.

The Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) last Tuesday suggested that husbands who force themselves on their wives should not be prosecuted. Also, it said, the men who “reasonably” discipline their wives and daughters should be considered above the law. …

“Rape is rape, regardless of who the victim is. There is still a lack of understanding in this region about the rights of women in abusive relationships. The last thing we want is for a rapist husband to use the law as a shield against being charged with rape,” the Gulf Daily News quoted Batelco Care Centre for Family Violence Cases head Sharifa Swar as saying.

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United States military rape, film


This video from the USA is called The Invisible War (Rape In The US Army) Part 1.

By Maria Duarte in Britain:

Film: The Invisible War

Friday 7th March 2014

MARIA DUARTE recommends a hard-hitting documentary on rape in the US armed forces

The Invisible War

Directed by Kirby Dick

5 Stars

Oscar-nominated director Kirby Dick exposes one of the US’s most disgraceful and well-guarded secrets in this powerful and shocking documentary about the rape of soldiers within its military ranks, which is of epidemic proportions.

It makes such sobering viewing that two days after US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta saw it in April last year he made changes to the way sexual assaults are investigated in the military. Unfortunately they didn’t go far enough as they are still being looked into by military personnel.

The problem lies in the fact that victims have to report any case of rape to their commanding officers which often results in a conflict of interest.

The documentary reveals how a third of servicemen did not report their attack because the person they had to report it to was friends of the rapist. A quarter failed to do so because the person they had to divulge it to was the rapist himself.

It also shows how more than a fifth of female veterans have been sexually assaulted while serving and that a female soldier is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than be killed in combat.

Once they report their attack the women are the ones who are blamed and court martialled, with some being charged with adultery because their attacker was married while the perpetrators face no reprisals and are free to rape again and again.

The US military seems to be a haven for serial rapists, with 15 per cent of incoming recruits having attempted or committed rapes before joining up, according to a navy study.

Through a series of compelling and harrowing interviews with female victims and their families, followed by unflinching head-to-heads with politicians and members of the military hierarchy, Dick paints a disturbing picture of systematic abuse and its cover-up.

To add insult to injury, in 2011 rape was deemed an occupational hazard of military service in an unsuccessful court case brought by 16 male and female rape survivors against former secretaries of defence Robert Gates and Donald Rumsfeld.

And even though significant reforms were passed by Congress last year to tackle the issue, what this film demonstrates is that until rapes in the military are investigated by an independent body instead of in-house nothing will change.

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