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Latest items for LRW-PRACTICE-3

March 16, 2022, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"She reported the June 6, 2021 attack to the Qatari authorities, who responded by accusing her of having an affair and charged her with 'extramarital sex', which is illegal in the Gulf state. Schietekat was told by lawyers that one way of avoiding conviction was to marry her attacker but instead decided to flee the country, leaving behind what she called her 'dream job'. The charges against Schietekat, who is a behavioural economist, are still valid and she is expected to be sentenced in absentia on March 6" (Para. 3-5). "She was then warned by lawyers that one of the only ways to avoid a conviction would be to marry...more
March 16, 2022, 4:06 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"She reported the June 6, 2021 attack to the Qatari authorities, who responded by accusing her of having an affair and charged her with 'extramarital sex', which is illegal in the Gulf state. Schietekat was told by lawyers that one way of avoiding conviction was to marry her attacker but instead decided to flee the country, leaving behind what she called her 'dream job'. The charges against Schietekat, who is a behavioural economist, are still valid and she is expected to be sentenced in absentia on March 6" (Para. 3-5). "She was then warned by lawyers that one of the only ways to avoid a conviction would be to marry...more
March 4, 2022, 6:57 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 18. Some NGOs reported that, especially in rural areas, girls often married at or before age 18, preventing them from completing their secondary-school education. In indigenous villages, girls younger than age 18 who became pregnant could live as common-law wives with their child’s father after the man presented a traditional apology to the girl’s family, thereby avoiding the filing of a complaint to police by the family. The girls frequently married the fathers as soon as legally permissible" (17).
Feb. 2, 2022, 12:28 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"Child abuse, including rape, was a problem. The press reported more than 15 cases of child rape, with most victims younger than 12; the youngest was five years old. In June 2018 the Ministry of Population, in partnership with UNICEF, published a study on violence against children in the country. The study revealed violence against children, including physical violence, sexual abuse, and rape, occurred in all environments: family, school, social circles, and working places. It found abuse was rarely reported due to lack of confidence in the justice system, precarious economic conditions, a desire to avoid social discord in the community, and intimidation. Only 4 percent of respondents to the...more
Jan. 6, 2022, 1:20 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"'Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow's crime was to be raped and then report it.' Aisha was only 13 years old when she was stoned to death in Kismayo by Al Shabab militant group. A crowd of 1,000 people gathered at the football stadium to watch her" (1).
Dec. 10, 2021, 5:27 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Human rights groups reported that 'honor killings' of women persisted in Chechnya, Dagestan, and elsewhere in the North Caucasus but were rarely reported or acknowledged. Local police, doctors, and lawyers often collaborated with the families involved to cover up the crimes. A December 2018 study by human rights defenders, the first ever conducted, found 39 cases of honor killings (36 women, three men) between 2008 and 2017 in the North Caucasus region but estimated that the real number could be much higher" (55).
Nov. 9, 2021, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-DATA-2

"Human rights activists and academics reported the problematic practice of 'honor killings' of women continued across the country (31 cases reported during the year). The prevalence of killings was most severe in the southeast" (54).
Sept. 22, 2021, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"The Committee remains deeply concerned about the fact that: (a) Killings in the name of so-called 'honour' continue to be carried out and that they are underreported" (6).
Sept. 8, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"Police and legal officials often charged women with intent to commit zina (sex outside marriage) to justify their arrest and incarceration for social offenses, such as running away from their husband or family, rejecting a spouse chosen by their families, fleeing domestic violence or rape, or eloping to escape an arranged marriage. The constitution provides that in cases not explicitly covered by the provisions of the constitution or other laws, courts may, in accordance with Hanafi jurisprudence (a school of Islamic law) and within the limits set by the constitution, rule in a manner that best attains justice in the case. Although observers stated this provision was widely understood to...more
July 21, 2021, 10:18 p.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"In one case often cited by rights groups, a college student who came forward to accuse her professor of sexually assaulting her was sued by his wife for adultery, convicted and ordered to compensate the man's family" (Para 9).
July 16, 2021, 11:50 a.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, LRW-LAW-4

"By law a convicted rapist may avoid a 25-year prison sentence by marrying the survivor, regardless of her wishes--provided her family consents. According to UNSMIL, the forced marriage of rape survivors to their perpetrators as a way to avoid criminal proceedings remained rare" (p 24).
July 8, 2021, 3:50 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"A British national from the North West has been charged with sex outside marriage in Dubai after she reported having been gang-raped by two men from Birmingham. The men were due to return to the UK within a few hours of the incident, so were not arrested in the UAE as a result of the victim report. The 25-year-old was on her way to pursue a life in Australia when she was befriended by two fellow Englishmen who, it was reported, lured her to their hotel room where she was pinned down and raped while recording it on a phone. Following her arrest for extramarital sex, this woman’s passport has...more
July 7, 2021, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

""A Saudi teenager has gone into hiding following Thailand's promise not to deport her after she barricaded herself in a hotel room to avoid being sent back to her 'abusive' family[...]Thai officials had earlier claimed it is a family matter and said she would be deported to Saudi Arabia - where renouncing Islam is punishable by death, and activists say women are at risk of 'honour killings' by family members"(para 1,70).
July 1, 2021, 2:54 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, CUST-LAW-1

"Seven states don’t have any laws preventing a rapist from claiming parental rights, but that’s not to say that these states are oblivious to the issue. Maryland, for one, has been working for years to pass a law that would allow a rape victim to terminate her attacker’s parental rights. Forty-three other states and the District of Columbia have legislation that offers at least some protection to prevent rape victims from facing their attackers over parental rights; eight of those laws were just adopted in 2016. But these legislative protections vary greatly. In 20 states and D.C., a rape conviction is required before a victim can request termination of parental...more
June 29, 2021, 8:34 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"The directions were issued in a judgment setting aside the Madhya Pradesh High Court’s July decision that had granted bail to a man accused of outraging the modesty of his neighbor on the condition that he request the survivor to tie a rakhi on his wrist. A rakhi is a thread bracelet that a sister ties on her brother’s wrist during the Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan, which celebrates the bond between a brother and a sister or any similar relationship" (para 2-3). "The bench, comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and S Ravindra, also directed that courts should not suggest, entertain or encourage marriage between the survivor and the accused, or...more
June 25, 2021, 2:56 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"Many families refused to take back their daughters when they were rescued from Pakistan army bunkers. Villagers pointed fingers and children threw stones at them. One of our Birangona sisters said, 'because of what was done to me by Pakistani soldiers in 1971 you have robbed me of my life for the next 40 years,' says Shireen" (para 6).
Feb. 18, 2021, 6:18 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

“The other lawyer, AP Singh, had said in a previous televised interview: ‘If my daughter or sister engaged in pre-marital activities and disgraced herself and allowed herself to lose face and character by doing such things, I would most certainly take this sort of sister or daughter to my farmhouse, and in front of my entire family, I would put petrol on her and set her alight’” (para 22).
Feb. 17, 2021, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"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).
Feb. 10, 2021, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"Women fear they will be blamed for assaults, and admitting rape may affect a girl's ability to marry. Usually, few women come forward at all, and even fewer seek medical care after an attack.'If they have not killed you, you just come back and you don't report to anyone,' Anne says. 'You cannot tell anybody, even your family. It's just our culture. We Nuer, we cannot talk about rape. It can bring fighting. You stay quiet'" (para 18).
Feb. 4, 2021, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, MURDER-PRACTICE-2

"It is further concerned about the persistence of harmful traditional practices in the State party, such as child marriage, the dowry system, so-called “honour killings”, sex-selective abortion, sati, devadasi and accusing women of witchcraft. The Committee is particularly concerned that the State party has not taken sufficient sustained and systematic action to modify or eliminate stereotypes and harmful practices" (7-8).
Jan. 30, 2021, 9:18 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"The young Ethiopian woman at the centre of a trial where she was gang raped by seven men has been found guilty of committing 'Indecent Acts'. She has been sentenced to 1 month in prison which has been suspended and a fine of 5000 Sudanese Pounds (approximately 961 USD" (para 1). "Similarly, where there had been some dispute regarding the woman’s marital status, the court finally accepted that she was divorced, thus mitigating the threat of a death by stoning sentence which could be levelled against a married person for adultery" (para 5).
Dec. 21, 2020, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-PRACTICE-1

Existence of "custom killings" (para 8). (CODER COMMENT)
Nov. 8, 2020, 2:56 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"Human rights groups say that every year thousands of women across the world are killed because they are deemed to have brought shame on their family" (para 5). "They cite sex outside marriage, even if only alleged, as one common reason for this type of killing" (para 6).
Sept. 29, 2020, 4:13 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"In August, in an important enforcement of laws to prosecute so-called 'honor killings' , the parents of Qandeel Baloch, a Pakistani social media celebrity who was murdered by her brothers in July 2016, were denied their request to 'pardon' the perpetrators. After Qandeel's murder, the parliament passed a law closing the pardon loophole used by families to protect perpetrators. However, very few cases of honor killings were prosecuted" (para 16).
Sept. 26, 2020, 7:38 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, DSFMF-LAW-1

"Individuals convicted of zina (sex outside of marriage) can be sentenced to prison. In addition to imprisonment, Muslims can be sentenced to flogging (if unmarried) or the death penalty (if married). Women are disproportionately impacted as pregnancy serves as evidence of extramarital sex and women who report rape can find themselves prosecuted for consensual sex instead" (para 20).
Aug. 12, 2020, 3:12 p.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-PRACTICE-3, DSFMF-PRACTICE-3

"The criminalization of consensual adult sexual relations outside marriage likely deters girls and women from reporting assaults, because they can find themselves charged if the judiciary views the sexual act in question as consensual" (para 23).
July 15, 2020, 7:26 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"This sense of entitlement was displayed in 2002 in the city of Ahvaz when Maryam, just 7 years old, was decapitated by her father when he became suspicious that she had been raped by her uncle. While being arrested, Maryam’s father was still holding her severed head and reportedly said, 'Just let me be! It was my own child, and I cut off her head. I own her blood rights, and there is no one else pressing any charges'" (para 7). "The state must also make an effort to change the underlying social norms around guardianship and family reputation that fuel these crimes. Perpetrators of honor killings are driven by...more
May 31, 2020, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"'Alimony Arrangement' was added to the misogynist law work while women were stripped of their rights every day, fired from their jobs, violated, killed and not protected. This legislation, which will make women more vulnerable, especially in the family, will lead to an increase in violence against women and femicide. Such misogynist practices are one of the most important factors in the increase of femicide" (pra 43).
April 1, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"Accusations of rape were often resolved using extrajudicial measures, with the victim often forced to marry her attacker" (38).
Jan. 30, 2020, 1:05 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"By law authorities can prosecute rape victims on charges of fornication if authorities do not charge a perpetratorBy law authorities can prosecute rape victims on charges of fornication if authorities do not charge a perpetrator" (29)