Sex Crimes

Mumbai's bid to ban lingerie mannequins ridiculed

Lingerie-clad mannequins are a common sight in shop windows at retail parks and malls in India's commercial capital. Photo: AFP

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

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

An Indian protester holds a placard and shouts slogans demanding the justice for the late gang rape victim. Photo: EPA

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

Hundreds of Indian women and men participate in peace march with placards carrying pro-women slogans in New Delhi. Photo: EPA

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

Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair

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

Many young Indonesians using Facebook are unaware of the dangers of allowing strangers to see their personal information online. Photo: AP

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

Balancing privacy and press freedom

Mobile phones and the internet have long widened the scope for stalking. If this form of harassment poses a bigger problem now than a decade ago, the various technological developments would be a contributing factor. For all of that time the government has been in possession of a report from the Law Reform Commission proposing that stalking be made a criminal offence.

4 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Most abuse cases involve youngsters under 11, report shows

Children under the age of 11 continue to be the most vulnerable to child abuse in the city.

In announcing its annual statistics yesterday, Against Child Abuse said about 70 per cent of cases handled in the past year involved those under 11.

3 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Why Hong Kong would benefit from having a children's commissioner

After much deliberation, the government has finally announced a voluntary scheme on new job-background checks for sex offences starting from December.

24 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Sex education helps keep teenagers safe from abuse

The Issues

The introduction of the Sexual Conviction Record Check scheme is one way to protect youngsters from sexual abuse.

But teenagers themselves have to learn what sexual abuse is in the first place and how they should respond to it.

22 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

An improvement in child protection

Hong Kong is lacking in safeguards to shield children from sex offenders in child-related occupations. Thankfully there will be more from next month when the Security Bureau launches a scheme to enable employers to check whether applicants to work with children have convictions for sexual offences - subject to the applicant's consent.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am