An Indian woman who was gang-raped and impregnated as a result will have to go through a “purification ritual” to remain the part of her society, writes the Pakistan Tribe news publication.
The only condition in which her society would accept her back is that she would go through an exhausting ritual which is conducted to “purify” her, according to the Pakistan Tribe.
The ritual is ordered by her community’s local courts and only has to be undertaken by the females in cases of rape or infidelity.
The ritual entails a test in which a “tantric” – a priest basically practicing black magic and believing in supernatural powers – asks the victim questions regarding the incident. The ritual pre-dates the existence of courts and the police, according to the BBC News.
The transparency of her responses is to be determined by the number of barley seeds in the priest’s hand.
The woman will be asked whether the number of seeds in the priest’s hand is even or odd. If she gives the right answer, she will supposedly be telling the truth and if she cannot give the right answer it will mean that she has been telling lies.
In return for this, she will have to carry a 10-kg stone on her head while giving answers to the same questions asked previously. This process continues for until the priest is satisfied that she has finally told the truth.
If the lady passes the test and is purified, then she is accepted by her family and if not then she will have to leave the community, writes the Pakistani Tribe.
Bill Cosby “almost” responded to the rape allegations against him in a new interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America (GMA),” writes The Huffington Post.
He was joined for his interview by the leaders of a group that brings awareness to the state of underfunded schools in rural Alabama, writes The Hollywood Reporter.
The interview seemed designed to discuss his work with the organization, but GMA aired only the portions of the interview that involved questions about the sexual-assault allegations. More of the interview is set to air on ABC’s Nightline, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Cosby said he’s baffled by the situation, and the interview with Good Morning America aired with little promotion on Friday.
When ABC asked him about allegations that he drugged and raped many women, Cosby didn’t directly address the questions, writes The Huffington Post.
One day after Aaron Hernandez began serving his sentence of life in prison for the crime of murder, the former New England Patriot’s mother is directing her comments to the mother of murder victim Odin Lloyd, WCBV News reports.
“As mother to mother, I’m very sorry. I don’t know what happened, but I’m very sorry for all this,” Terri Hernandez told Ursula Ward, according to the Boston Herald.
She said Ward was “a great woman, nice and caring.”
When told of what Terri Hernandez said, Ms. Ward replied that she said all she will say outside the courthouse, when she expressed forgiveness.
A 15-year-old California girl hanged herself a week after three classmates photographed themselves sexually assaulting her at a 2012 party. She reportedly was petrified the boys would circulate the photos online and believed gossip about her was spreading widely, according to philly.com.
And perhaps it was spreading widely.
Audrie Pott’s story has captivated those concerned with teen bullying, which appears to be on the rise with the help of smartphones and social media.
A wrongful death trial this month in San Jose will determine whether bullying played a role in the girl’s suicide. What do you think?
Lawyers are scheduled to argue Wednesday over what evidence the jury will hear, while opening statements are expected to start next week.
The three boys, now high school seniors, and other teens are expected to deliver uncomfortable and emotional testimony about the party where Audrie was sexually assaulted after passing out drunk, as well as about other events leading up to her death.
11-year old Tony Campisi, who has fought cancer since he was 4, was a member of his favorite hockey team for a day. He got a one-day contract with the Philadelphia Flyers and witnessed a shootout victory over Nashville from a seat on the team bench.
“Thanks to the Philadelphia Flyers, star forward Jakub Voracek and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the 11-year-old enjoyed a weekend he will never forget,” wrote Pennlive.
The Campisi family – Tony, his parents, Donna and Kevin Campisi, and younger brother, Nicholas – was whisked to Philadelphia by limousine on Thursday night.
On Friday, Tony suited up for practice at his own locker in the Flyers’ practice rink in Voorhees, N.J.; signed a “one-day contract” with general manager and Flyers legend Ron Hextall, and spent Friday evening at Dave & Buster’s, a restaurant/arcade, with Voracek and his girlfriend.
Saturday afternoon, the Flyers had a 3-2 shootout victory over the NHL-leading Nashville Predators. “Call it karma; Voracek – who hosted the Campisis in his suite – got the Flyers rolling in the shootout by scoring first,” writes Pennlive.
After the game, he presented Tony with a regulation jersey signed by the team. The Campisis had no idea a weekend like that was in store.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a man was arrested Wednesday evening in St. Louis after he drove through the crowd and later waved a gun at protesters.
A protest leader said four protesters were hit. A police spokeswoman said nobody was seriously hurt.
According to the Post-Dispatch, protesters then chased and surrounded the minivan, and the driver waved a black handgun at them. At one point, protesters broke out the van’s back window. The van was dented, and police recovered a rock from the back seat. Police took the driver, a 57-year-old man, into custody.
According to Raw Story, “Greek leaders at San Diego State University have announced that they were suspending all fraternity parties and social functions indefinitely after a weekend that not only involved taunting people protesting sexual assault, but also the seventh sexual assault at a fraternity house since the semester began in September, U-T San Diego reports.
“The InterFraternity Council admitted that the fraternity members who pelted participants in Friday’s Take Back the Night protest against sexual assault with eggs and waved dildos at them behaved in a manner that did “not reflect the values of the Greek community at SDSU.”
Keep in mind, the protesters are not protesting sex, they are protesting rape. Oddly, the fraternity members seem to have a problem with that. They must want the right to commit rape…?