Latest Blog Post:Dalit women and rape statistics
From Rahila Gupta in the New Statesman, here’s a shocking fact I didn’t know:
…the conviction rate for rape cases brought by Dalit women stands at an appallingly low 2 per cent as compared to 24 per cent for women in general.
I shudder to think how that plays out in court. I also wonder why the higher number is so much higher than the US rate, which is from 2 to 9 percent according to the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender. (If people wonder why rape victims don’t rush to tell the cops, that conviction rate has to be one reason. Go through that just to see an acquittal? Doesn’t sound like much fun.)
By Leo Igwe, April 8, 2014
These women have been forced to adopt Kpatinga as their home and community, as the only safe place to be and to live for now, if not forever.
By Rebecca Goldstein, March 20, 2014
Our culture has relapsed back into the kind of self-aggrandizing, self-glorifying answers that the Athenians had presumed, which had Socrates railing against them until he got so annoying that they killed him.
By Bruce Everett, February 9, 2014
The presumption of innocence is important for jurors, and for journalists reporting the bare facts of cases like these. This is, however, not so much the case for journalists engaging in meta-analysis, and much less so for the rest of us, especially those discussing rape in informally therapeutic environments.
By Leo Igwe, December 19, 2013
Witch camps are at least safety nets, however poorly run, for these victims of religion whose believers will kill them for crimes it is impossible for them to have committed.
By Bill Cooke, November 9, 2013
So much of what is not understood is attributed to witchcraft and, not infrequently, whoever is identified as the witch ends up dying a horrible death.
By Bill Cooke, November 9, 2013
With no parents to look out for their interests, most orphans miss out on school altogether, and have no future to look forward to.
By Leo Igwe, October 13, 2013
The evangelical charade of the Redeemed Christian Church of God should not be taken to other countries. It has no place in an enlightened society.
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