Thursday, 17 December 2009

0001 is OK, apparently

From the Independent, via the Herald, today:
An Indian politician has sparked outrage after he suggested that cases when a woman was raped after staying out past midnight should be treated differently to other sexual attacks.

Speaking before the country's parliament, Shantaram Naik, an MP from Goa from the ruling Congress Party, reportedly made a series of "contentious" comments referring to the British teenager Scarlett Keeling, who was raped and murdered in Goa last year, and a Russian woman who alleges she was recently the victim of an assault by a state politician.

"An alleged rape of a lady who moves with strangers for days together even beyond middle of the night is to be treated on different footings," said Mr Naik, as opposition MPs shouted their disapproval.
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On the one hand this is unacceptable victim-blaming. On the other it's good to see so many people speaking against it. What would ALAC say?

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