The Catholic Church is ridden with sexual scandals but in the past, these were swept under the rug. The problem has now become so serious that nuns have publicly spoken out about priests raping them and the Pope has admitted that some priests held nuns as “sexual slaves”. Will the Church take practical steps to correct the situation?
A Filipino domestic worker has died in hospital after being gang-raped by her Saudi employer. Will her employer face the death penalty for not one but two crimes: rape and murder?1
When it comes to chopping hands or heads, the Saudis are unmatched. Abusing poor domestic workers from countries like India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Indonesia etc is routine. If the poor abused women try to escape, the brutal employers chop off their hands or even their heads. Here is the case of two poor Indian women whose hands were chopped by their abusive female employers...
Rape is a very serious charge to be leveled against anyone. When a Saudi diplomat was accused of repeatedly raping two Nepalis women for several months, the police registered a case against him. But under pressure from the Saudi regime, the diplomat was whisked out of India last night. Isn't rape a very serious crime and don't women have any rights to secure justice for the horrific indignity they have suffered...
Unfortunately women are abused in many different ways worldwide. From physical violence to sexual abuse and exploitation are all part of this ongoing tragedy. A young Egyptian activist talks about how to create greater awareness to stop the horrific abuse of women that has been on the rise in Egypt.
How widespread is child sex abuse in the Catholic Church? Two UN panel reports have issued scathing reports against the church and the Holy See. The problem has gone on for decades but is not likely to be solved any time soon, or at all because of the Vatican's refusal to deal with it honestly. The other problem is celibacy, an unnatural lifestyle that does not address the natural urge for sexual activity.
Amid uncharacteristically strong defiance, the people of Malaysia have kept the tempo of demonstrations despite the arrest of former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim last month.