While debate continues as to whether reducing women to their sexuality is acceptable, women and female children around the world are suffering from the permissions those attitudes are granting.
A man has admitted murdering his baby daughter after thinking about killing her every day since her birth as part of fantasy about controlling women.
Andrew Randall, 33, of Havelock Street in Kettering, committed “a catalogue of horrendous violence” on seven-week-old Jessica, Northampton Crown Court.
Jessica, born five weeks early, was abused almost since she left hospital until her death in November last year.
Randall also pleaded guilty to causing her grievous bodily harm.
After her death, Jessica was found to have at least nine injuries to her ribs as well as brain injuries and cuts to her face, the court heard.
Permission to destroy
A Canadian couple convicted of brutally assaulting two girls, one of whom said she was kept as a sex slave, were sentenced on Tuesday, but the victims’ relatives denounced the punishment as too lenient.
Prosecutors had described the couple — Terry Ladouceur, 39, and Lynnette Traverse, 25 — as “evil incarnate,” and the case evoked memories of the trial of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, who were convicted in the torture killings of two Ontario girls in a notorious sex case in the 1990s.
A Manitoba judge sentenced Ladouceur to 10 years in prison and Traverse, his common-law wife, to four years on charges that included sexual assault, kidnapping and forcible confinement involving the two girls, who were 12 and 13 when the assaults started.
Because of the time the couple spent in jail awaiting trial, Ladouceur will spend only an additional seven years behind bars, and Traverse will be eligible for release almost immediately.
The victims’ relatives cursed and cried in the courtroom over sentences that they said were too lenient. They complained to reporters that the couple have never shown remorse for what they had done.
Prosecutors had wanted Ladouceur to spend up to 18 years in prison and Traverse eight years. They called the sentences handed down by the court an irony since at least one of the girls would likely never recover psychologically.
Interesting in these cases how more blame seems to go to the female accomplice.
Until now rape cases were dealt with in Sharia courts. Victims had to have four male witnesses to the crime – if not they faced prosecution for adultery.
Now civil courts will be able to try rape cases, assuming the upper house and the president ratify the move.
The reform has been seen as a test of President Musharraf’s stated commitment to a moderate form of Islam.
“It is a historic bill because it will give rights to women and help end excesses against them,” Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz told parliament after the vote.
Religious parties boycotted the vote, saying the bill encouraged “free sex”.
Free sex? seems right now the men have a right to all the free sex they want.
Oh! I get it! Women shouldn’t be able to have sex freely. Ya know like with free will.