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Female politician suggests Indian women invited rape

By Shyamantha Asokan and Angus MacSwan NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian female politician and activist has said rape victims may have invited attacks by their clothes and behavior, fuelling a national debate over a series of incidents of sexual violence against women. Asha Mirje, a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader in western Maharashtra state, questioned at a meeting on Tuesday why a 23-year-old physiotherapy student who was gang-raped on a bus in Delhi in 2012 was out late at night.

Police raid home of Canadian boxer after alleged sexual assault at residence

MONTREAL - Police have raided the Quebec home of boxer Jean Pascal as part of an investigation into a sexual assault complaint. Authorities say an investigation was launched early Sunday morning after a 25-year-old woman claimed to have had non-consensual sex at a party at Pascal's home in Lorraine, north of Montreal. Therese-de-Blainville police say Pascal was home at the time of party on Saturday night, but had left Canada by the time officers tried to get in touch with him on Sunday.

One in two German female soldiers report sexual abuse

One in two female soldiers in the German military says she has encountered some kind of sexual abuse at least once while in the armed forces, an internal study published Friday found. The report, released by the Bundeswehr's Centre of Military History and Social Studies in the eastern city of Potsdam, prompted new Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen to call for new measures to address problems faced by women in uniform.

U.S. Naval Academy superintendent grilled in sex assault case

By Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for a U.S. Naval Academy football player accused of sexual assault grilled the school's superintendent on Friday over whether he was politically influenced to proceed with a court-martial. President Barack Obama has vowed to curb sexual misconduct in the military, and lawyers for midshipman Joshua Tate say they want to know if any "unlawful command influence" motivated Superintendent Vice Admiral Michael Miller in the case.

Zimbabwe serial rapist gets 290 years in jail

A Zimbabwean man who was found guilty of raping 21 women in a two-year housebreaking spree was sentenced Tuesday to 290 years imprisonment. Magistrate Simon Kachambwa convicted Thomas Chirembwe, 30, of 21 counts of housebreaking and rape in the capital Harare. Prosecutor Michael Reza alleged Chirembwe broke into various houses in Harare and raped as many as 30 women between September 2011 and November last year. "He moved around with an iron rod, a knife, spanners and his manhood in his trousers," Reza said.

China executes man who kept and killed sex slaves

Chinese authorities on Tuesday put to death a man who held six sex slaves in his basement and murdered two, state media reported. Li Hao, a 36-year-old former clerk, was executed after being convicted of "murder, rape, illegal detention, organised prostitution and manufacturing pornography for profit", the state news agency Xinhua said. In 2009 Li dug a "dungeon" in his basement and confined six women there for periods ranging from two to 21 months, where he "repeatedly raped" them, it added.

Philippines vows crackdown on online child sex abuse

The Philippines on Saturday vowed to crack down on online child sex abuse, days after a global police operation dismantled a paedophile ring that streamed live sexual abuse of Filipino children over the Internet. Police in Britain, Australia and the Philippines Thursday said they had jointly cracked a paedophile ring which exploited children as young as six. In some cases the victims' parents were involved.

Police crack Philippine live-streaming paedophile ring

Police around the world Thursday said they had dismantled a paedophile ring that streamed live sexual abuse of Filipino children as young as six over the Internet, with victims' parents involved in some cases. Fifteen victims aged between six and 15 have been rescued as part of Operation Endeavour, Britain's National Crime Agency said, adding that 29 people had been arrested, including 11 in the Philippines.

International probe cracks Philippine child web sex ring

An international probe has cracked a paedophile ring which streamed live sexual abuse of Filipino children over the Internet, leading to dozens of arrests, police in the Philippines, Britain and Australia said Thursday. Under Operation Endeavour which spanned a dozen nations, 29 people have been arrested including 11 in the Philippines, while three other ongoing probes have identified 733 suspects, Britain's National Crime Agency said. Fifteen child victims aged between six and 15 have been rescued, it added.

Indian court refuses bail to editor accused of sexual assault

An Indian judge refused bail Wednesday to a news magazine editor who was arrested in late November on allegations of sexually assaulting a young female colleague in a Goa hotel. Tarun Tejpal, the 50-year-old founder of top investigative magazine Tehelka, has been in custody since his arrest and faces a possible rape charge over the allegations that could see him jailed for 10 years. Judge Anuja Prabhudesai dismissed the bail application filed by Tejpal to a district court in Goa, after prosecutors expressed fears he may influence witnesses if he was given bail.
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