A minister from the ruling party of the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, has said rapes happen "accidentally", amid renewed outrage over attacks against women.

In the latest controversial remarks by a politician, Ramsevak Paikra, the home minister of central Chhattisgarh state, who is responsible for law and order, said on Saturday that rapes did not happen on purpose.

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The London Summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict is a landmark opportunity to strengthen global efforts to end rape in war, Human Rights Watch said today. Governments should use the summit, from June 10 to June 13, 2014, to make strong public commitments to end impunity for sexual violence, assist survivors, and prevent further rapes.

 

To read full article, visit this Human Rights Watch link.

The U.S. Senate subcommittee on commerce, justice, science and related agencies showed its support this week for combating the backlog of untested rape kits by including $41 million in its 2015 fiscal year spending bill as part of a community-based sexual assault response reform initiative.


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Since we have a very hard time believing women when they say things, perhaps this will help: A new national survey has just been released and it reveals that 65 percent of women surveyed had experienced some form of street harassment because they had the audacity to walk around in the world

A Montana judge who said a 14-year-old rape victim appeared "older than her chronological age" faces public censure and a 31-day suspension without pay for his misconduct in the case, the Montana Supreme Court said in a Wednesday order.

 

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Nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria. A pregnant Pakistani woman stoned to death by her family for marrying the man she loved. Widespread rape in many war zones. And in California, a murderous rampage by a disturbed young man who had depicted sorority members as a prime target.

Yet even as they decry the violence and the abundance of misogynistic rhetoric, women’s rights activists see reasons for hope.

 

The largest ever meeting on sexual violence in conflict will take place from June 10 to 13, 2014, in London, where representatives of most of the world’s countries will discuss how to end this use of rape. This follows the September 2013 U.N.

Economic growth has brought thousands of workers here from other parts of Brazil and overseas. But according to aid workers these areas are also frequented by men looking for sex, and that's often sex with children.


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There have been at least 500 reports of abuse by ex-BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, NSPCC research for Panorama has found. Most of the alleged victims were between the ages of 13 and 15, but the youngest was two.


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The first African Union campaign to end child marriage was launched on Thursday last week (May 29) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen said that "child marriage compromises the development of girls and is an infringement of their rights." He went on to say that it was incumbent to work in unison to end the harmful practice of child marriage if women are to play a meaningful role in the continent's development.

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