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Latest items for LRW-LAW-2

July 8, 2022, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The police officer, Station House Officer Tilakdhari Saroj, was later arrested after being caught on the run in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, where the crime is alleged to have taken place" (Para. 2). "Saroj has been charged under the stringent POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act brought in in 2012 which could see him face life in prison if convicted" (Para. 8). "Pathak added that six people were named in the case and four had been arrested, including Saroj, and all officers serving in the police station have been removed" (Para. 11).
June 14, 2022, 5:24 p.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"There has been several amendments to the criminal law provisions in order to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence. For example...[a]ct number 358 (2018), increased inter alia the level of sentences for aggravated violence by one third compared to the previous level. Denmark has also ratified and implemented the Istanbul Convention of the Council of Europe" (13). "A number of legal provisions or amendments in relation to sexual assaults have been adopted. In 2016, the penalty for rape was increased with an average of one year (act number 635), and the Government launched a number of initiatives to improve the efforts against rape, including guidelines for the...more
May 27, 2022, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"[T]he person who abuses a child sexually shall be sentenced to an imprisonment from eight years to fifteen years. If the sexual abuse remains at the level of molestation, the victim shall be sentenced to three years to eight years. If the victim has not completed the age of twelve, the penalty shall not be less than ten years in case of abuse, and not less than five years in case of molestation. If sexual abuse is carried out by inserting an organ or an object into the body, the sentence shall not be less than sixteen years and if the victim has not completed the age of twelve, the...more
May 27, 2022, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Rape of men and women, including spousal rape, is punishable by up to 40 years in prison" (25).
May 12, 2022, 5 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRW-DATA-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape of men or women, including spousal rape, with prison terms of five to 10 years. Rapes continued to constitute the majority of sexual crimes investigated by the National Police Directorate of Judicial Investigation. Eighty percent of the victims were women and 63 percent of those were younger than 17" (12).
March 28, 2022, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Latvia
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Criminal penalties for rape range from four years to life imprisonment" (12). "The law provides for protection of children against violence, exploitation, sexual abuse... Violation of the law is punishable by imprisonment, community service, or a fine and supervised probation for a period of up to three years" (13).
March 25, 2022, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"By law, rape is punishable by two to 15 years in prison" (22). "The minimum legal age for consensual sex is 16. Statutory rape is a criminal offense punishable by five to 20 years in prison" (26).
March 25, 2022, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Rape is a criminal offense, and conviction carries a maximum sentence of 15 years" (28).
March 25, 2022, 8:54 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape, which is punishable by death under the penal code. The penal code does not address spousal rape" (26). "The law provides for corporal punishment for sexual relations and pregnancy outside of marriage. The government may imprison and deport noncitizen women who bear children out of wedlock. In February a Fujairah court sentenced an unmarried woman to three months in prison and deportation after a medical visit revealed she was having complications associated with pregnancy" (28-29).
March 16, 2022, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"A female World Cup official is facing a sentence of 100 lashes and seven years in jail for 'extramarital sex' after she reported being raped while working in Qatar" (Para. 1).
March 16, 2022, 4:06 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"A female World Cup official is facing a sentence of 100 lashes and seven years in jail for 'extramarital sex' after she reported being raped while working in Qatar" (Para. 1).
March 15, 2022, 11:02 a.m.
Countries: Lithuania
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Rape and domestic violence are criminal offenses. Penalties for domestic violence depend on the level of injury to the victim, ranging from required public service to life imprisonment. In the first eight months of the year, authorities received 77 reports of rape, compared with 82 during the same period in 2018. Convicted rapists generally received prison sentences of three to five years. No law specifically criminalizes spousal rape, and no data on spousal rape was available" (11).
March 10, 2022, 10:53 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The minimum prison sentence for a person convicted of rape is five years, or seven years for raping a minor" (31). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 18 for both men and women, and statutory rape penalties include hard labor for a minimum of five years and a minimum of seven years’ imprisonment if the victim is younger than 15 years old" (34).
March 10, 2022, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape of men and women, including spousal rape. Penalties for this crime are a minimum of 14 years and a maximum of life in prison" (13). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 14. A conviction for rape of a child younger than 14 carries penalties ranging from 25 years to life in prison. The law also prohibits adults from using deceit, abuse of power, or taking advantage of a child in a vulnerable situation to have sex with a person younger than 18" (16).
March 4, 2022, 6:57 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"The law recognizes rape, including spousal rape, as a crime and provides for a maximum punishment of life imprisonment for rape. The law recognizes spousal rape as a specific offense. Rape (including spousal rape), domestic abuse, incest, and sexual harassment were significant problems. As of June, the Fiji Women’s Crisis Center recorded 295 domestic-violence cases; the center reported that eight women died in domestic-violence incidents as of September" (15). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 16. The court of appeals has ruled that 10 years is the minimum appropriate sentence for child rape, but police often charged defendants with 'defilement' rather than rape because defilement was easier to prove...more
Feb. 28, 2022, 4:35 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The penalty for rape is generally imprisonment for six to 10 years"(18).
Feb. 28, 2022, 3:29 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The maximum legal penalty for rape is life imprisonment" (13).
Feb. 24, 2022, 10:11 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Although prohibited by law, rape of men or women, including spousal rape, remained a serious problem. The law provides for sentences ranging from eight to 30 years’ imprisonment for violent sexual assault. For acts of spousal sexual violence, the law mandates prison sentences of six months to two years. By law femicide is punishable with penalties of 21 to 50 years in prison, longer than the minimum sentence of 13 years for homicide" (24). "...The minimum age for consensual sex is 14. The penalty for sexual activity with a child younger than 14 ranges from nine to 13 years in prison. The government generally enforced the law" (26)more
Feb. 23, 2022, 3:02 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The law prohibits rape, which is punishable by five to 10 years’ imprisonment" (14). "The law provides that convicted sexual abusers of children receive five to 10 years’ imprisonment. If the offender is a family member, the maximum is applied" (17).
Feb. 17, 2022, 11:59 a.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape of men or women, including spousal rape, and provides penalties of up to 10 years in prison for rape or sexual assault. If the victim is a minor, the sentence ranges from a minimum of three years to 15 years in prison. According to the Attorney General’s Office, rape continued to be a significant and pervasive problem, with many rapes going unreported. The government generally prosecuted rape allegations and sometimes obtained convictions" (13). "The minimum age of consent is 14 when married and 16 when not married. The law sets the penalty for sexual abuse in cases involving violence or intercourse to at least 15 years...more
Feb. 11, 2022, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The law provides for three to 10 years’ imprisonment for rape and two to seven years’ imprisonment for sexual assault. If there are no aggravating circumstances and the attack did not lead to death, police and prosecutors may not pursue a case on their own, but they require a victim’s complaint, even if there is independent physical evidence" (22). "The law provides one- to 10-year prison sentences for persons convicted of sexual acts with minors, depending on the circumstances and the child’s age. Sexual intercourse with a minor who is 13 to 15 years of age is punishable by a one- to five-year prison sentence. Sexual intercourse with a person...more
Feb. 11, 2022, 5 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The law specifies penalties for conviction of rape or forcible sexual assault ranging from four years’ imprisonment to the death penalty as well as fines. NGOs asserted rape was a serious problem and welcomed an amendment [that...] replaces the marital option with a new procedure in which youth offenders can avoid prosecution only after successfully completing a rehabilitation program administered by the youth and family court" (31). "[L]aws on rape and abandonment carry harsher penalties if the victim is a child. The penalties for raping a child younger than age 15 range from four to 20 years’ imprisonment and fines between THB 80,000 ($2,670) and 400,000 ($13,300)" (34).more
Feb. 5, 2022, 9:24 a.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape of adults and children, including spousal rape, and domestic violence. Penalties for conviction range from two to eight years’ imprisonment if the victim is age 12 or older and 20 to 24 years’ imprisonment if the victim is younger than age 12" (15).
Feb. 4, 2022, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and the government generally enforced the law. The penalty for rape is up to 21 years in prison, depending on the severity of the assault, the age of the victim, and the circumstances in which the crime occurred. Most cases resulted in sentences of three years and four months in prison. The law provides penalties of up to six years in prison for domestic violence and up to 21 years for aggravated rape. Violence against women, including spousal abuse, was a problem. The government generally enforced the law, although the foundation Oslo Crisis Center continued to criticize the conviction rate (approximately 10 percent)...more
Feb. 2, 2022, 12:28 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The law prohibits rape but does not address spousal rape. Penalties range from five years to life in prison. Rape of a pregnant woman is punishable by hard labor. Authorities may add an additional two to five years’ imprisonment if the rape involves assault and battery. Authorities rarely enforced the law" (19). "The law provides for a prison sentence of two to five years and a fine of two to 10 million ariary ($540 to $2,700) for acts that are 'indecent or against nature with an individual of the same sex younger than 21,' which is understood to include sexual relations. There is no law prohibiting same-sex sexual conduct for...more
Jan. 27, 2022, 10:21 a.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The rape of a woman, legally defined as forced penile penetration of the vagina, is illegal and carries a penalty of 15 years to life imprisonment.A criminal who commits sexual assault through anal penetration of either a male or female, however, can only be punished by a maximum of 10 years in prison."(11).
Jan. 24, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"In August 2018 parliament passed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill to increase the minimum mandatory punishments for rape from seven years’ to 10 years’ imprisonment. The minimum sentence for the rape of a girl younger than 16 increased from 10 years’ to between 20 years’ and life imprisonment; the minimum sentence of gang rape of a girl younger than 12 was punishable by either life imprisonment or the death penalty" (42). "On August 1, parliament passed the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The act seeks to protect children from offenses such as sexual assault, sexual harassment, and pornography and provides stringent punishment for sexual crimes against...more
Jan. 24, 2022, 12:55 p.m.
Countries: Djibouti
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Traditional law often applied in cases involving conflict resolution and victim compensation. Traditional law stipulates compensation be paid to the victim’s family for crimes such as killing and rape. Most parties preferred traditional court rulings for sensitive issues such as rape, where a peaceful consensus among those involved was valued more than the rights of victims. Families often pressured victims to abide by such rulings" (7). "The law includes sentences of up to 20 years’ imprisonment for conviction of rape" (15).
Jan. 21, 2022, 9:22 p.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Rapists who are single men face penalties of imprisonment, forced labor, and whipping" (15). "The law prohibits sexual relations with a child younger than 18, with penalties of six months to two years in prison and a 12,000- to 18,000-ouguiya ($333 to $500) fine" (17).
Jan. 15, 2022, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: Croatia
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Rape, including spousal rape, is punishable by a maximum of 15 years’ imprisonment" (13).