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Sex Crimes

Mumbai's bid to ban lingerie mannequins ridiculed

The city council in Mumbai came under fire for a proposal to ban lingerie-clad mannequins in shops and markets for fear they could encourage sex crimes. Commentators and women's rights group have ridiculed the draft directive by the Indian city's Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation at a time when the country is trying to curb crimes against women. The proposal, by BMC member Ritu Tawade, awaits final clearance from the civic body's chief.

Friday, 31 May, 2013, 2:22am

We must break the culture of silence over sex crimes

I became interested in sex crime in Hong Kong several months ago when a friend mentioned that it was often not officially documented here because of a desire to keep crime statistics low. Hong Kong values its appearance as a clean, crime-free, safe city, open for international investment and travel. To portray it as otherwise could mean a drop in business and tourism revenue.

25 Apr 2013 - 3:03am 2 comments

Horrors of rape victimlay bare society's unexamined prejudices

Over the holidays, the news about a young woman who died after being gang-raped on a bus in India shocked the world. She was not just India's latest victim of such unspeakable evil - she was the world's.

7 Jan 2013 - 2:36am

India may suspend lawmakers accused of sex crimes

Indian lawmakers facing sexual assault charges could be suspended from office if the country’s top court rules in favour of a petition submitted after a gang-rape and murder that shocked the country.

3 Jan 2013 - 11:52am

Eating meat makes you steal and commit sex crimes: Indian textbook

The pros and cons of meat-eating may be the subject of debate for nutritionists, but one Indian school textbook is clear: a fleshy diet will make you lie, steal and even commit sex crimes.

The unusual moral guidance appeared in a school book for 11-year-olds, purporting to offer education on issues from health and hygiene to sex education and exercise, the NDTV news channel reported.

18 Nov 2012 - 3:19am

US Army general's sex-crimes trial hears evidence of adultery

US Army prosecutors have offered the first details of a rare criminal case against a general, alleging in a hearing that he committed sex-related crimes involving four female officers and a civilian.

The military hearing on evidence in the case against Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair began Monday at Fort Bragg in the state of North Carolina, home to the 82nd Airborne Division.

7 Nov 2012 - 4:10am

Sexual predators in Indonesia use Facebook to meet victims

When a 14-year-old girl in Indonesia received a Facebook friend request from an older man she didn't know, she accepted it out of curiosity.

It's a click she will forever regret, leading to a brutal story that has repeated itself as sexual predators find new ways to exploit the country's growing obsession with social media.

30 Oct 2012 - 3:16am

Society must stay vigilant to ultimate abuse of power

Recently, I attended a special screening of Silenced, organised by RainLily, Hong Kong's centre for sex abuse victims. The sad and shocking South Korean film's plot is based on a true case involving students with hearing impairment who were sexually abused for many years by their school principal and teachers.

9 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Frame and shame

When New York-based visual artist Lee Chang-jin read an article in The New York Times about 'comfort stations' - organised rape camps set up by the Japanese military in Asia during the second world war - some years ago, she was surprised she had not heard about them before.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

'Facebook rapists' get up to 13 years

Five men who drugged and raped under-age girls they lured to their flats after becoming 'friends' on Facebook have been jailed for up to 13 years.

A judge said the case was a warning for teenagers and their parents of the dangers of befriending strangers on social networking sites.

25 Feb 2012 - 12:00am