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Tough action sought in Pakistan on child marriage

January 24, 2020 ·  By Zahid Hussain, Karachi for www.ucanews.org

Rights activists and the mother of a 14-year-old Christian girl allegedly abducted and converted to Islam, have called on the Sindh provincial government in Pakistan to enforce a law that outlaws child marriage in the province. Huma Masih, an eighth-grade student in Karachi, went missing in October last year. A few days later, the girl released a […]

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South Asia’s rape scourge and moral degradation

January 24, 2020 ·  By Rock Ronald Rozario, Dhaka, Bangladesh for www.ucanews.org

Seven years after the brutal gang rape and death of a college student on a bus in India’s federal capital New Delhi, a Court issued an execution order for four convicts on Jan. 7. The 2012 barbaric assault on a 23-year-old medical student triggered massive street demonstrations and a nationwide reckoning over rape and sexual […]

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Pastor, 60, is found guilty of multiple rapes against children and adults in his congregation over 20 years – with help from his wife – after one brave victim’s family secretly filmed him confessing

January 23, 2020 ·  By JOE MIDDLETON FOR MAILONLINE for www.dailymail.co.uk

A ‘feared’ evangelical pastor is facing jail after he used his trusted position to abuse children and adults in his congregation over 20 years, with help from his wife. Self-styled prophet Michael Oluronbi, originally from Nigeria, was found guilty of the offences against six women and a man – five of whom attended his church. In […]

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Church sexual abuse: French priest Preynat admits ‘caressing’ boys

January 23, 2020 ·  By BBC News for www.bbc.com

A former French priest accused of sexually abusing dozens of Boy Scouts has admitted “caressing” children in ways he knew were wrong, at the beginning of his trial in France. “It could be four or five children a week,” Bernard Preynat, 74, told the court in Lyon on Tuesday. He is accused of assaulting at […]

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Pope Francis compares child sex abuse to human sacrifice

January 23, 2020 ·  By BBC News for www.bbc.com

Pope Francis has promised concrete action to tackle child sex abuse at the end of a Roman Catholic Church summit on paedophilia. Clergy guilty of abuse were “tools of Satan”, the Pope said, pledging to face every case with “utmost seriousness”. Child sex abuse, he said, reminded him of the ancient religious practice of child […]

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Pope Francis condemns child sex abuse and Church cover-ups

January 23, 2020 ·  By BBC News for www.bbc.com

Pope Francis has condemned the “atrocities” of child sex abuse and clerical cover-ups in a letter to the world’s 1.2bn Roman Catholics. The letter to “the People of God” calls for an end to the “culture of death” in the Church, addresses failures to deal with abuse and asks for forgiveness. Last week a grand jury […]

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‘Sextortion’ suspects deny involvement in Daniel Perry case

January 23, 2020 ·  By Angus Crawford, BBC News for www.bbc.com

Two Filipino men suspected of blackmailing a UK teenager who took his own life have been traced by the BBC. Daniel Perry from Dunfermline was 17 when he fell from the Forth Bridge in July 2013. He had been the victim of online sexual blackmail or “sextortion” by a group operating from the Philippines, after […]

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People urgently fleeing climate crisis cannot be sent home, UN rules

January 21, 2020 ·  By BBC News for www.bbc.com

  People fleeing immediate danger due to the climate crisis cannot be forced to return home, the UN has said. The landmark ruling centres on the case of Ioane Teitiota, whose home – the Pacific Island of Kiribati – is threatened by rising sea levels. Mr Teitiota applied for protection in New Zealand in 2013. […]

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Man jailed for life as UK’s most prolific rapist

January 20, 2020 ·  By AFP for gulfnews.com

London: An Indonesian student described as Britain’s most prolific rapist was jailed for life on Monday for a catalogue of sex offences on unsuspecting men he drugged and assaulted. Manchester Crown Court in northwest England was told Reynhard Sinaga may have attacked as many as 195 men, luring them into his flat with the offer of […]

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Woman jailed for posing as teenage boy to sexually assault young girls

January 20, 2020 ·  By RTE for www.rte.ie

A woman in Britain who duped girls as young as 13 into thinking she was a teenage boy so she could sexually assault them has been jailed for eight years. Gemma Watts, 21, hid her long hair beneath a baseball cap and wore jogging bottoms and a hoodie as part of her disguise as 16-year-old “Jake Waton”. […]

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