Kenyan Rugby Players Charged With Rape

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Two Kenyan rugby sevens players, Frank Wanyama and Alex Olaba, appeared in a Nairobi court on Monday charged with the February gang rape of a female singer.

Wanyama, 23, who captained Kenya’s second sevens team to win the Victoria Sevens tournament in Zimbabwe in March, and Olaba, 22, are both suspended from the national squad currently in Singapore for the eighth leg of the IRB World Sevens series on April 28-29.

Both players denied the charges when they appeared before Nairobi chief magistrate Francis Andayi. If found guilty they could face up to 15 years in prison.

Wanyama and Olaba were released on bail and ordered to appear in court for the next hearing on May 16.

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Indians Protest After Rape, Killing Of Minor

 

The body of a seven-year-old girl who had been raped and strangled was found in India Tuesday, compounding outrage over a series of horrific sexual attacks on women or girls.

Nationwide protests have been held in the past week over the gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Jammu and Kashmir state.

In the latest case, the child’s body was found on a building site early Tuesday, hours after she went missing from a wedding in the Etah district of Uttar Pradesh state.

Police said a neighbour who was putting up tents for the wedding had been detained on suspicion of luring the girl to the secluded building.

Etah superintendent of police Akhilesh Chaurasia told AFP the man fled but was arrested within hours.

“We have charged him with the rape and murder of the child. We are awaiting the post-mortem reports but prima facie it looks she was strangled to death,” Chaurasia said.

The authorities and police face mounting pressure over a series of sexual assaults, including the Jammu and Kashmir case.

That killing was in January but outrage has mounted as details of the rape emerged. Police say she was drugged and raped for days at a Hindu temple before being beaten to death

Eight men, all Hindus, have been arrested for the crime.

Police said the accused targeted the girl because they wanted to drive her nomadic Muslim tribe out of the Hindu-dominated region.

Two Jammu and Kashmir state ministers from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) resigned after they attended rallies organised to defend the accused.

Some activists have accused the party of siding with Hindu groups demanding the release of the arrested men.

The BJP government has also faced criticism after one of its legislators in Uttar Pradesh state was arrested last week for the alleged rape of a 17-year-old woman.

The woman’s father died in police custody as he agitated for the authorities to take up the case.

A 2014 UN report said one in three rape victims in India was a minor. Nearly 11,000 cases of child rape were reported in India in 2015, according to the National Crime Records Bureau’s latest figures.

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Former South Korean Presidential Hopeful Indicted For Rape

 

A former South Korean presidential contender was indicted Wednesday on charges of raping his aide multiple times in the highest-profile case of the country’s growing #MeToo movement.

Ahn Hee-jung — who was widely seen as a strong contender to replace President Moon Jae-in when his term ends in 2022 — was formally charged with rape and sexual harassment by abuse of power, a spokesman at the Seoul Western District Prosecutors’ Office said.

The spokesman said Ahn’s first hearing is expected next month.

Prosecutors opened an investigation into Ahn after his aide said in a television interview that he had raped her four times since she was hired last June.

Fighting back tears, Kim Ji-eun, who was Ahn’s personal assistant before becoming an aide in civil affairs, said last month that she had been unable to reject her boss in the rigid hierarchy of her office.

The 54-year-old politician has since stepped down from his post as the governor of South Chungcheong province and issued a formal apology but has claimed the sex was “consensual”.

But detailed accounts from the victim as well as testimonies from witnesses provided evidence of Ahn’s crimes, an official at the prosecutors’ office told Yonhap news agency.

A second woman had come forward shortly after Kim’s interview but prosecutors said her case will be excluded due to lack of evidence.

Ahn will not be physically detained as the court has denied the prosecutors’ demand for an arrest warrant.

It has been an astonishing fall from grace for Ahn, who enjoyed huge popularity among young, liberal voters thanks to his wholesome image and good looks.

Ahn came second to Moon in the contest for the ruling Democratic Party’s presidential nomination last year and was seen as a favourite for the next elections.

Ahn threw his support behind the #MeToo campaign against abuse of women in a public speech made just hours before Kim appeared on live TV to talk about the sex abuse she allegedly suffered at his hands.

Victims of sex abuse in patriarchal South Korea are reluctant to come forward due to fears of public shaming.

But Seo Ji-Hyeon, a prosecutor, in January made the rare move of appearing on live TV to talk about sex abuse by her superior.

Her interview opened a floodgate of similar revelations by women who accused figures including politicians, actors and film directors.

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Alleged Rape: One Killed As Youths Disrupt Police Investigation

Alleged Rape: One Killed As Youths Disrupt Police Investigation
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One person has been killed with several property destroyed in Tanglang community in Biliri Local Government Area of Gombe State, north-east Nigeria.

The incident occurred after angry youths went on a rampage, disrupting police investigation into an alleged rape case of a four-year-old girl in the community.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Shina Olukolu, confirmed the incident during an interview with Channels Television on Sunday.

He said the youths burnt the police vehicle that conveyed the policemen deployed to the area for the investigation.

Mr Olukolu explained that some ammunition that exploded from the vehicle while it was burning killed one of the restive youths.

He, however, said the case was already in court while three persons have also been arrested and charge to court.

The father of the victim, Mr Matthew Nwabike, an Igbo man, said he has been living with his family in Tanglang for almost a decade.

He had also alleged that his daughter, Precious, was defiled by one Sham Sunday who lives in the neighbourhood.

The angry youth were also said to have vandalised Matthew’s shop, while the house and shop of his elder brother, Ephraim, who lives in another community were completely set ablaze.

When contacted about the matter, the District head of Tanlang, Mr Audu Tahir, said the youths acted base on an investigation carried out by some women of the area which proved the minor was not defiled as alleged.

But the police commissioner noted that the youths acted in ignorance, stressing that the police established that the minor was actually defiled through the help of a qualified medical doctor in course of their investigation.

On his part, the President General of Igbos in the state, Kenneth Okonkwo, said the entire Igbo community in Gombe had been living peacefully with its host community.

He was, however, worried that the victim’s father and his brother have become refugees in the community as they lack food, clothes and other means of livelihoods since the unfortunate incident.

Okonkwo then pleaded with the state government and other spirited individuals to come to the aid of the affected persons as they await justice in the case.

The chief of Igbos in Biliri LGA, Mr Egwe Charles, also faulted the reaction of the angry youths, saying they had gone too far by taking the laws in their hands without allowing the security agencies to investigate the incident.

Community Protests After Gang Rapes Woman In Front Of Husband

 

Women from Okuni Community in Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River state on Monday, took to the streets to demand justice for a woman who was gang-raped in the presence of her husband.

Numbering over one thousand, the women, dressed in black, commenced their peaceful march at the police station in Ikom and proceeded to the Local Government Council.

According to them, the incident took place on November 6, 2017, when gunmen attacked the victim on the farm, and they are coming out to protest after watching the months go by with no justice.

Beyond raping the woman, the gang was said to have stolen 12 bags of cocoa from others on the farm.

Giving an account of the incident to Channels Television, one of the women leaders of the community, Maria Akpet, said the woman who was raped, her husband and some other families had gone to spend the night on their farms.

According to her, in the middle of the night, some armed boy attacked them.

“They brought out the (woman’s) husband, and other men that were inside there and started beating them,” she said.

“Then they took out their wives, tied the husband and then they raped the wife before the man and then the cocoa that these boys plucked and kept, they stole everything.”

The community reported the matter to the police but are unhappy with how it was treated.

“These two cases – the rape and theft – were reported to the police but in the long run, the file for rape got missing. The only file left was for stealing the cocoa,” Akpet said.

She added that one of the culprits who was earlier arrested after the incident was released on bail without adequate sanctions by the police.

The protesting community residents, therefore, appealed to the Commissioner of Police and all relevant authorities to wade into the issue and ensure that the rape victim gets justice.

Beyond that, the community is eager to avoid a repeat of the attack and rape.

Akpet explained their concerns, saying, “We know that, tomorrow, it might happen to another person again – especially those spinsters that don’t have husbands; they can even rape and kill them.

“That is why we are annoyed, the women are annoyed. Why should they hide that file for rape and produce only the one for stealing?”

She added, “That is why we came out today to say today is a black Monday and the women want to put a stop to it. Even if people are being bribed, they cannot bribe in such a case of rape. That is why we want to move to the police then the SSS, the council and then the ministry of justice with our placards and then to tell them of our grievances.”

Lagos Court Sentences Man To Life Imprisonment For Defiling Minor

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A Lagos State High Court has sent a strong message against perpetrators of sexual abuse.

Justice Josephine Oyefeso ruled that “paedophiles must be kept away from the society, as violating a child is barbaric, immoral, and devoid of any sound reasoning”.

The judge made this pronouncement in her judgement on Tuesday as she sentenced a 35-year-old man, Okechukwu Nwachukwu to life imprisonment for defiling an eight-year-old.

Justice Oyefeso convicted Nwachukwu of the offence of child defilement contrary to section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

The convict was arraigned before the court on two counts of defiling two girls aged seven and eight. He was however convicted only on the charge of defiling the eight-year-old.

During trial, one of the girls, in her testimony, had told the court that she was standing on the road around their house waiting for her school’s bus when she saw the uncle she referred to as “Uncle Okey” coming.

She said she pleaded with him to carry her up to see if her school bus was coming.

But the defendant instead carried her into the kitchen of an uncompleted building, and defiled her.

A medical doctor at Mirabel Centre, Lagos who conducted tests on the girls confirmed that one of them had bruises in her private part while one did not, but added that the absence of bruises does not mean that there was no penetration or rape, especially when the act had taken long like it had in this case.

The convict, Nwachukwu, however, denied having sex with the girls. He admitted though that he touched one of the girls’ lap, removed her pants and penetrated her with his finger.

He had no witness to call in his defence.

Delivering judgement in the matter, Justice Oyefeso considered three issues; “One was whether the victim was a child, which according to the Lagos State Child Rights Law, is a person under the age of 18 years.

Two, to determine if there was penetration.

Three, corroboration of the victim’s evidence by an independent witness”.

Justice Oyefeso referred to a case decided by the Supreme Court whereby the court stated that “violating a child was barbaric, immoral and devoid of any reason whatsoever and paedophiles must be kept away”.

The judge also considered the emotional and physical pains the child must have been put through. She resolved all these issues against the defendant and sentenced him to life imprisonment in accordance with Section 137 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State.

Man, 52 Arraigned For Raping Nine-Year-Old

 

A 52-year old man Mr Gabriel Olaniyan ‎has been brought before an Ibadan Magistrate Court sitting in Iyaganku area of Oyo State for allegedly raping a 9-year old girl.

Olaniyan was arraigned before Chief Magistrate, Mrs N.A.J. Ogunbon on one count of defiling the minor.

The prosecutor, Mrs Folake Ewe, told the court that the accused committed the offence on March 1 at about 5:00 pm at Alapafon Area of Ibadan.

Ewe‎ said the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 218 of the criminal code CAP 38 (Volume II) Laws of Oyo State, Nigeria (2000).

When asked to explain the reasons behind his actions, Olaniyan pleaded with the court saying that he erroneously used N10 biscuit to lure the innocent girl.

The magistrate who rejected his plea, condemned the act and lamented the increasing cases of  pedophilia.

Also Giving an account of the events that led to the incident, the victim’s father, Mr Adeleke, told the court that his daughter was on her way back from a Quranic school when she was allegedly accosted by Olaniyan and eventually raped. ‎

Furthermore, he told the that he was separated with Fatia’s mother and had remarried another woman under whose care his daughter was.

Ogunbon ‎urged parents to always monitor their children and take good care of them to in order to prevent them from being molested by rapists and other undesirable elements in the society.

The magistrate also advised the minor’s father to either return her to her mother or take her to a‎ responsible relation for proper care.

Subsequently, she ordered that the accused be remanded in Agodi Prison pending legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution. The case was eventually adjourned till April 5, 2018.

Two More Weinstein Accusers Go Public With Claims

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A former actress accused Harvey Weinstein Friday of unzipping his pants and forcing himself on her, as a separate alleged victim publicly repeated rape allegations she had made in a newspaper interview.

Heather Kerr, who appeared on 1980s US sitcom “The Facts of Life,” claims Weinstein attacked her during a private meeting when she was an aspiring actress in her 20s.

“He asked me if I was good. I started to tell him about my training and my acting experience and he said, ‘No. I need to know if you’re good,'” Kerr, who is now 56 and lives in Washington state, told a news conference.

“He said that if he was going to introduce me around town to directors and producers, he needed to know if I was any good. He kept repeating that word.”

Kerr described 65-year-old Weinstein’s “sly, sleazy smile” as she offered to provide a reel of her acting work, recalling how she started to get a sick feeling in her stomach.

“The next thing I knew, he unzipped his fly and pulled out his penis,” she said, adding that Weinstein forced her hand onto his genitals.

“I was frozen with fear, trying to remain calm, trying not to freak out, because, after all, there was nobody else in the office,” she said during an emotional statement, consoled by her attorney Gloria Allred as she broke down.

– ‘Greatest regret’ –

Kerr described how she pulled her hand away “as casually as possible,” but said Weinstein told her that “this is how things work in Hollywood,” and that all actresses who’d made it did it this way.

The veteran producer, who resigned from the board of The Weinstein Company this week, having already been sacked as its co-chairman, has so far denied all allegations of forcing himself on his accusers.

An Italian model and actress who says Weinstein raped her after dragging her into the bathroom of her hotel suite in Beverly Hills in 2013 also spoke out about the attack Friday, through her lawyer Dave Ring.

The incident occurred at the Mr C Beverly Hills hotel after she attended the 8th annual Los Angeles, Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest in February 2013, according to the attorney.

“He bullied his way into her room. She has told me that obviously, her greatest regret is opening that door. She had no idea what was coming,” Ring told a news conference in downtown LA.

The actress, who is exercizing her right to anonymity, first spoke of the attack to the LA Times on Thursday, saying Weinstein had turned up at her hotel “without warning.”

“Once inside, he asked me questions about myself, but soon became very aggressive and demanding and kept asking to see me naked,” the Times quoted her as saying.

“He grabbed me by the hair and forced me to do something I did not want to do. He then dragged me to the bathroom and forcibly raped me.”

– ‘Extremely scared’ –
Ring told reporters the incident “had a humongous, huge impact” on the mother-of-three, who is now 38.

“In a sense, she’s relieved to have come forward now, to be able to share what happened with the LAPD, but she’s also extremely scared, and rightfully so. She’s a mom. She has young children.”

He didn’t elaborate on the details given in the newspaper interview, however, saying he did not want to jeopardize the investigation.

Los Angeles police have confirmed they are looking into the case — the sixth rape allegation against Weinstein — adding to criminal investigations already underway in New York and London.

The latest case deepens the producer’s potential legal woes as it falls within the 10-year statute of limitations for the crime, while previous accusations have dated back to a decade or more ago.

Weinstein has become a Hollywood pariah since allegations about his sexual misconduct first emerged last week and he was kicked out of Hollywood’s motion picture academy.

The Television Academy’s governors voted late Thursday to begin “disciplinary proceedings” that could see Weinstein ousted from that organization as well, leaving him with no voting rights for either the Oscars or the Emmys, while the Producer’s Guild is considering following suit.

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who has worked closely with Weinstein for most of his career, admitted in an interview published Thursday he had known for decades about some of Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct.

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UN Peacekeepers In Central Africa Face New Rape Claims

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Peacekeepers in the Central African Republic are accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl, the United Nations said Wednesday, the latest in a spate of rape claims that have hit the UN mission.

The minor was taken to hospital after being allegedly assaulted on September 30 in the southern town of Bambari, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

The UN said the girl was 16 years old, but Amnesty International, which interviewed her, said she was 19.

News of the allegation came as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is preparing to meet victims of sex abuse by UN peacekeepers when he visits the Central African Republic later this month.

It will be the UN chief’s first visit to the poor African country struggling with sectarian violence since the 2013 overthrow of longtime leader Francois Bozize.

The United Nations has notified the country that sent the peacekeepers involved of the rape allegations and has requested that the government investigate, Dujarric said.

The country was not named, but UN sources said it was Mauritania.

Under UN rules, it is up to the country contributing troops to a peacekeeping mission to investigate and prosecute criminal cases.

Amnesty International said the victim told them that she had been drugged by the peacekeepers. They had given her tea when she approached them at a Bambari checkpoint after she became ill.

“She said she passed out not long after she drank the tea, and woke up on the ground nearby, several hours later, nearly nude,” an Amnesty statement read.

Guterres has made combating sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers a priority since taking over from Ban Ki-moon nine months ago.

The 12,000-strong MINUSCA force has been plagued by a wave of sexual abuse allegations since the mission to help restore stability to the country began in 2014.

In June, about 600 troops from Congo Republic who were serving in MINUSCA returned home following several allegations of sex abuse and other misconduct.

UN critics in the United States — many of whom are in the US Congress — point to the mounting cases of misconduct by UN peacekeepers to support their campaign to cut funding to peacekeeping.

Iran Publicly Hangs Man For Rape, Murder Of Young Girl

A man was hanged in front of cheering crowds in Iran on Wednesday after he was convicted of the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl which had outraged the nation.

The execution of 42-year-old Esmail Jafarzadeh was shown in an amateur video shared on the state broadcaster’s website.

He was hanged at dawn in the square of the small northwestern town of Parsabad, in Ardebil province.

The execution was held in public “to restore citizens’ sense of security and relieve their troubled minds,” Ardebil’s prosecutor Naser Atabati told reporters.

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40-Year-Old Man Arrested For Raping 7-Year-Old

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A 40 year old man has been arrested by the men of Ogun State Police Command for allegedly having carnal knowledge with a 7-year-old girl.

According to the police, the suspect Ezekiel Adegbenga was arrested at No.4 Olufunmi Ajayi street Iyana Ilogbo Ota following a complaint from the mother of the victim.

“The mother of the victim reported at Sango Police Station that the suspect who is their neighbour lured the victim into his room under the pretence of sending her on errand and had carnal knowledge of her while the Parents are away at work.”

“Upon her complaint, the Divisional Police Officer SP Akinsola Ogunwale detailed detectives to the scene where the suspect was promptly arrested. He has since owned up to the commission of the offence after been confronted by the victim.” the police public relations said.

He however said that the Commissioner of Police CP Ahmed Iliyasu has directed that the suspect be transferred to Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution of the suspect.

Man Jailed For Raping 13-Year-Old

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A 29-year-old man, Godwin Jeremiah has been remanded at the Akure prison, for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl.

The accused, who was brought before Magistrate Mrs A.I Ajayi, of the Akure Magistrate Court sitting at Oke-Eda, is facing two counts of assault and having carnal knowledge of the child.

He is said to have committed the offence which is contrary to and punishable under Sections 360 and 221(1) of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Volume 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006, on August 6, 2017.

Meanwhile, Police prosecutor, Sergeant Uloh Goodluck Okokon, brought a remand application urging the court to remand the accused in Olokuta prison while stating that the victim was still in the hospital receiving treatment.

Although the counsel to the accused, Barr. Olaniran Oladapo did not oppose the application, he prayed the court to adjourn the case so as to enable him reply the application of the prosecutor.

Magistrate Ajayi, subsequently ordered the remand of Jeremiah in prison custody and adjourned the case till August 17, 2017 for his remand application.