Gabon girl’s death sparks fears of ritual killings
By Celia Lebur (AFP) – 4/20/13
LIBREVILLE — The discovery of a young girl’s body on a Libreville beach last month shocked the city and reignited the debate over ritual killings in Gabon, sparking outrage on social media sites and forcing President Ali Bongo Ondimba to react.
The young girl disappeared after going swimming. Her battered body was discovered the next day, several hundred metres away.
Her body was badly mutilated, and while there’s no proof she was the victim of a ritual killing, the fear of such crimes here has led to her case being widely publicised.
Ritual crimes are practised by secret sects involved in witchcraft. They usually involve taking a victim’s blood and certain parts of their body — eyes, eyelashes, ears, genitalia, tongue, lips, pieces of skin, the brain — which are supposed to bring health, riches, success and power.
“It’s getting worse. We’ve already counted 19 cases since the start of the year”, including 10 children, says Jean-Elvis Ebang Ondo, the president and founder of the Association against Ritual Crime (ALCR). His own 12-year-old son was kidnapped, killed and mutilated in 2005…. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5idLIfMjqkKbfkiN3YwcpoVDMT5IQ?docId=CNG.6ca3e19d64153addcf857afda2778c06.341
Satanic attack survivor to testify April 18 2013 By SAPA
Johannesburg – The girl who survived an apparent satanic ritual in which she and her friend were set alight was expected to testify in the High Court sitting at the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. The girl, who was 14-years-old when she and Kirsty Theologo were doused with petrol and set alight in 2011, would testify in the trial against four young men implicated in the attack.
Lindon Wagner, Robin Harwood, Harvey Isha, and Courtney Daniels have pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, attempted murder, and assault to cause grievous bodily harm.
In October 2011, Theologo was doused with petrol and set alight on a hill behind the Linmeyer swimming pool south of Johannesburg. She died a week later in Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital while her friend who was also burnt survived…. http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/satanic-attack-survivor-to-testify-1.1502564
Delhi Rape: Man Arrested After Police Bribed Victim’s Family with £24 to Keep Quiet
By IBTimes Staff Reporter
April 20, 2013
A 25-year-old man accused of the brutal rape of a small girl in the Indian capital of New Delhi has been arrested in the neighbouring state of Bihar. Identified as Manoj Kumar, he is accused of keeping a five-year-old girl hostage for two days and repeatedly raping her….
the young girl’s parents have revealed shocking tales of woe at the hands of police officials. They claim local policemen refused to take any action when they filed their complaint and even bribed them with Rs 2,000 (roughly £24) not to take any official action.
“We went to the police to register an FIR (First Information Report) but they refused. They never tried to find her, and instead drove us away,” the victim’s father explained, adding, “The police told us that we should not highlight the issue in the media and gave us Rs 2,000 as kharcha-pani (for expenses and refreshment).”
The police are also said to have told the father to “thank god that his daughter was alive” and be happy with that.
Police offered bribe, advised me to thank god: rape victim’s father
New Delhi, April 19, 2013
The father of the five-year-old girl who was held captive and raped by her neighbour said on Friday that the police had offered him Rs.2,000 to keep quiet, and advised him to “thank god that his daughter was alive”.
“We went to the police to register an FIR (First Information Report) but they refused. They never tried to find her, and instead drove us away,” the father of the victim told reporters here outside the Swami Dayananda Hospital in east Delhi’s Shahdara, where the girl is battling for life.
The father said that when the family finally found the girl on Wednesday, the police told the family to not highlight the issue, and offered them Rs.2000 to keep mum.
“The police told us that we should not highlight the issue in the media and gave us Rs.2,000 as kharcha-pani (for expenses and refreshment),” said the father, adding that the police further told them to “thank god that his daughter was alive”….
President shocked and anguished over five-year-old girl’s rape in Delhi Press Trust of India April 20, 2013
New Delhi: Shocked and anguished at the rape of a five-year-old girl in Delhi, President Pranab Mukherjee today called for urgent introspection to identify causes behind repeated failure of society to ensure security of women and children.
He also sought urgent steps for bringing perpetrators to immediate justice.
“I am shocked and deeply anguished at the latest incident of sexual assault and rape of a five-year-old child in Delhi. I join her family in praying for a speedy recovery and call upon concerned authorities to ensure the best possible medical attention for her,” Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson Venu Rajamony quoted the President as saying…. http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/president-shocked-and-anguished-over-five-year-old-girl-s-rape-in-delhi-356577