The lead prosecutor in a child rape case has been suspended pending an investigation
into his decision to not seek jail sentences for nine young men who confessed to gang-raping a ten year old Aboriginal girl. The judge in the case agreed to let the men walk free claiming that the sex was consensual, the BBC reports.
Stephen Carter, the lead prosecutor, described the 2006 gang rape as a "childish experiment," and claimed that the men had not forced themselves upon the victim, or threatened her, the Associated Press reports.
Queensland State Premier Anna Bligh confirmed to the Associated Press that the victim was gang raped in 2002 by juveniles who also went unpunished. The case has drawn attention to the rampant prevalence of drug use, sexual assault and violence in Aboriginal communities, the Associated Press reports.
Media Resources: BBC 12/13/07; Associated Press 12/12/07
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .