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March 13, 2021, 6:38 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The cases of two girls who were gang raped by civilians and died received significant public attention. Aisha Ilyas Adan, 12, went missing on February 24, and her body was discovered the next day near her home in North Galkayo, Puntland. According to multiple media reports, Aisha was raped, mutilated, and strangled to death. Three men were sentenced to death under Puntland’s 2016 Sexual Offences Act, which includes death penalty sentences for “aggravated” cases of rape" (para 16).
Feb. 18, 2021, 6:18 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The death penalty [for raping and killing a woman] will make things even more dangerous for girls. Now when they rape, they won't leave the girl like we did. They will kill her. Before, they would rape and say, 'Leave her, she won't tell anyone.' Now when they rape, especially the criminal types, they will just kill the girl. Death’” (para 10).
Feb. 17, 2021, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The Quranic intent had been to protect the rights of women against false accusations. General Zia’s Hudood Ordinance accomplished exactly the opposite. Firstly, it unnecessarily confused rape, a violent crime, with fornication. Secondly, the Hudood ordinance has made it impossible for a rape victim to get justice in Pakistan. Under the Hudood Ordinance, the Courts require four 'adult male' eyewitnesses to rape. When a female victim fails to produce four male eyewitnesses, she is then charged under Tazeer for fornication. If the woman becomes pregnant as a result of rape, the rapist/s gets a walk, while the woman is charged with fornication using pregnancy as a proof" (para 7).more
Feb. 13, 2021, 5:32 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

“The men, who were initially charged in Spain with the crime of sexual assault, were instead convicted of the lesser crime of sexual abuse of a minor, and sentenced to between 10 and 12 years in prison” (para 3). “However, Spain's Supreme Court overturned the decision in June this year and convicted the men of the more serious crime of rape, increasing their prison sentences to 15 years” (para 11).
Feb. 10, 2021, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, GEW-LAW-1

"Government forces, called the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), have a strict code of conduct prohibiting violence against civilians, and soldiers who rape face the death penalty. In recent years the international community has invested heavily in reforming the SPLA" (para 22).
Feb. 4, 2021, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The Committee urges the State party...To amend the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, ensuring that marital rape is defined as a criminal offence, as requested by the Committee in its previous concluding observations (CEDAW/C/IND/CO/3, para. 23), expanding the scope of protection of the law to cover all prohibited grounds of discrimination and defining gang rape as constituting an aggravating factor meriting a more severe punishment" (3-4).
Jan. 30, 2021, 9:18 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Of the seven men who were also under trial, three were convicted of adultery and sentenced to 100 lashes, whilst a further two were convicted of indecent acts and sentenced to 40 lashes, one with an added 3000SDG (577USD approx) fine and the other with an added 2000SDG (385USD approx) fine. A sixth person involved with incident was set free due to insufficient evidence against him. A further man was convicted of Article 153, distributing indecent material, and was sentenced to 40 lashes and a fine of 10,000 SDG (1,923USD approx). Those subject to lashings had their sentences carried out immediately afterwards in a closed court setting" (para 2).more
Jan. 26, 2021, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

“Rape is illegal and punishable by 12 to 20 years of imprisonment, but the law does not address spousal rape. Furthermore, in most cases, authorities fail to prosecute the guilty party. According to the U.S. Department of State, police and the judicial system in Equatorial Guinea are more likely to treat domestic violence as a private matter to be resolved in the home” (para 6).
Jan. 1, 2021, 5:59 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

“Under the law, [sex] offenders face jail terms of between six months and five years and fines of up to 5,000 Egyptian pounds (approximately $312). The lengthier jail sentences are reserved for offenses involving multiple perpetrators, offenders who are in a position of authority over the complainant and those carrying weapons. But while the law has been commended by the United Nations as “encouraging,” it has also been criticized by some women's rights campaigners and groups such as Nazra for Feminist Studies as falling short of international rights standards” (para. 18).
Jan. 1, 2021, 12:54 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

“The governor of Nigeria's Kaduna state has signed a law saying men convicted of rape will face surgical castration. Anyone raping a child under age 14 will face the death penalty under the new legislation.It follows public anger over a recent increase of rapes amid Covid-19 restrictions, which prompted the nation's state governors to declare a state of emergency” (para. 1-3). “Kaduna state's new law is the strictest against rape in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country” (para. 7). “The state's newly amended penal code also says a person convicted of raping someone over age 14 will face life imprisonment.The previous law carried a maximum penalty of 21 years' imprisonment for...more
Dec. 24, 2020, 1:01 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Ms. Aziz said that most of the child rape and abuse victims come from small towns or villages, and their cases do not usually catch fire on social media. Officials generally do not visit them either, she said, and perpetrators are often quietly released after public outrage has subsided — lending a sense of impunity after the crimes" (para 7). Those charged can be released without finishing their sentences (CAT - CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 23, 2020, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRW-DATA-1

“The law in the West African nation had carried a maximum penalty of 15 years, with no minimum sentencing requirement. Advocates say one man convicted of raping a 13-year-old served only 24 hours last year” (para 11).
Dec. 23, 2020, 2:47 p.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"[W]hile rape was illegal and could attract a sentence of up to ten years, men’s violence against women received the lightest of prison terms" (6-7).
Dec. 17, 2020, 6 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

“The Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, signed a decree on Wednesday authorizing chemical castration for convicted child sex offenders and requiring those released on parole to wear electronic monitoring devices” (para. 1). “The new punishment comes in response to the brutal gang rape and murder in April of a 14-year-old girl on her way home on the island of Sumatra. Seven teenage boys were each sentenced to 10 years in prison for the crime, which prompted national outrage and revived previous calls for chemical castration as a punishment against child sex offenders” (para. 2) “He also increased the jail sentences for child sex offenders to a maximum of 20 years from...more
Dec. 7, 2020, 12:49 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

“Indonesia is the first Southeast Asian country to use chemical castration on sex offenders. Others include ­Russia, Poland, South Korea and some U.S. states” (para 9).
Dec. 7, 2020, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

“Indonesia is the first Southeast Asian country to use chemical castration on sex offenders. Others include ­Russia, Poland, South Korea and some U.S. states” (para 9).
Dec. 7, 2020, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

“Indonesia is the first Southeast Asian country to use chemical castration on sex offenders. Others include ­Russia, Poland, South Korea and some U.S. states” (para 9).
Dec. 7, 2020, 12:47 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

“Indonesia is the first Southeast Asian country to use chemical castration on sex offenders. Others include ­Russia, Poland, South Korea and some U.S. states” (para 9).
Dec. 7, 2020, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

“Paedophiles can be chemically castrated or executed under tough new laws passed by the Indonesian parliament” (para 1). “Repeat offenders and those who abuse family members face 10 to 20 years jail and courts can also order their chemical castration and tagging with a microchip” (para 2). “Those [paedophiles] who murder their victims or leave them with permanent physical or psychological trauma, or give them a sexually transmitted disease, can be execute[d]” (para 3). “Australian man Robert Andrew Fiddes Ellis, who is on trial for the alleged sexual abuse of at least 11 girls ­between the ages of eight and 17 in Bali, will be spared as the laws are...more
Dec. 7, 2020, 10:23 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

“Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said that the treatment of alleged rape victims should be investigated by the government. He added that there was ‘no doubt’ over the fact that the victim is never to blame as nobody asks to be raped” (para 12-13).
Dec. 5, 2020, 7:19 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

“Five men who gang-raped a 15-year-old girl have today been sentenced to death in Bangladesh, just days after the country approved capital punishment for rape cases” (para 1). “‘All five were found guilty and have been sentenced to death,’ Ahmed told AFP. It marks the first conviction since the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this week introduced the death penalty for rape. Gang-rape already carried the death sentence, but rape by a single offender had previously been punishable only by life imprisonment” (para 4-6). “In response, the country's cabinet this week approved an increase in the maximum punishment in rape cases to death from life imprisonment” (para 10).more
Nov. 24, 2020, 10:56 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

“In September, the governor of Nigeria's Kaduna state signed a law saying men convicted of rape would be subjected to surgical castration - with those found guilty of raping a child under the age of 14 facing the death penalty” (para 2). “The [Kaduna] state's newly amended penal code also says a person convicted of raping someone over age 14 will face life imprisonment. The previous law carried a maximum penalty of 21 years' imprisonment for the rape of an adult and life imprisonment for the rape of a child. A woman convicted of rape of a child under 14 faces the removal of her Fallopian tubes” (para 13-15).more
Nov. 24, 2020, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

“The president declared that those who sexually assault minors will face life in prison” (para 3). “The current law carries a maximum penalty of 15 years, and very few cases have been prosecuted” (para 4).
Sept. 29, 2020, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Finland
Variables: LRW-LAW-2, ATC-DATA-5

"The council's report said criminal penalties for sexual offences in Finland were 'very low' in comparison with other signatories to the Council of Europe's Istanbul Convention, which sets standards for its members" (para 10).
Sept. 20, 2020, 7:10 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: LRW-LAW-2, MURDER-LAW-1

"PNG imposes the death penalty for serious crimes such as murder…and rape amongst others, although authorities have not carried out any executions since 1954" (para 2).
Aug. 13, 2020, 6:22 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"In August, the parliament amended the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012, introducing the capital punishment for aggravated penetrative sexual assault of anyone under 18 years, and increased the penalty for other sexual offenses. This was despite concerns raised by child rights groups that it could lead to a decrease in police complaints because in nearly 95 percent of reported cases, the perpetrator is known to the victim, in positions of authority, or family members" (para. 30).
Aug. 10, 2020, 3:08 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

“In Afghanistan, the response to women who flee abusive husbands and rapists is to jail them. Up to 600 women are currently imprisoned for these ‘moral crimes.’ Any woman who flees is essentially charged with adultery” (para 6).
June 28, 2020, 7:05 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"It would increase jail penalties for work-related sexual harassment up to two years and make catcalling a criminal offence" (para 5). "Aggravating factors such as physical violence or the use of drugs to incapacitate the victim would carry heavier sentences. Such cases would be heard by special judges in courts dedicated to sexual crimes, as is already done with crimes relating to gender violence" (para 16).
June 19, 2020, 9:38 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The minimum sentence for rape is 10 years in prison for the first offense. Under certain circumstances, such as second or third offenses, multiple rapes, gang rapes, or the rape of a minor or a person with disabilities, conviction results in a minimum sentence of life imprisonment (25 years), unless substantial and compelling circumstances exist to justify a lesser sentence. Perpetrators with previous rape convictions and perpetrators aware of being HIV positive at the time of the rape also face a minimum sentence of life imprisonment, unless substantial and compelling circumstances exist to justify a lesser sentence" (23). "The Department of Justice operated 57 dedicated sexual-offenses courts throughout the country....more
May 6, 2020, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Penalties for conviction of rape range from five years’ to life imprisonment with fines of 500,000 to one million Rwandan francs ($592 to $1,183). Penalties for conviction of spousal rape range from two months’ to life imprisonment with fines of 100,000 to 300,000 Rwandan francs ($118 to $355)." (35).