This past Saturday, 14-year old Valencia Farmer was found gang raped, stabbed 42 times, and with her throat slashed on the doorstep where she had been left to die. Enraged by this horrendous crime, South Africans destroyed the house and protested at the courthouse where the suspects were held.
Two men have been arrested and police are searching for one or two other possible suspects. Police Sgt. Dongani Mtakati explained the community's reaction, saying, "People are getting sick and tired of these crimes and criminals."
South Africa has one of the world's highest rates of murder and rape.
Media Resources: Nando Times and AP - June 29, 1999
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. . . .