Bomb kills 17 Afghans on way to wedding: officials

Updated 16 November 2012
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Bomb kills 17 Afghans on way to wedding: officials

KABUL, Afghanistan: A roadside bomb planted by Taleban insurgents killed 17 civilians — mostly women and children — on their way to a wedding party in western Afghanistan on Friday, officials said.
The victims were traveling in a minibus from one village to another for the celebrations when the explosion ripped through their vehicle in Farah province, provincial government spokesman Abdul Rahman Zhewandai told AFP.
“The latest toll we have shows that 17 civilians, the majority of them women and children, were killed and 14 more were wounded,” said provincial police chief Aqa Noor Kintoz.
“Among the wounded are nine women, one child and four men,” he said, blaming Taleban militants for planting the bomb.
Roadside bombs are the weapon of choice of the hard-line Islamists fighting Afghan forces and some 100,000 NATO troops in an effort to topple the government of President Hamid Karzai.
While the Taleban says their targets are military, civilians using the same roads are frequently the victims.
In the first six months of 2012, a total of 1,145 Afghan civilians were killed and around 2,000 were wounded, mostly by roadside bombs, according to United Nations figures.
Women and children accounted for about 30 percent of this year’s casualties.
Earlier this week a mother and her newborn baby were among six family members killed in a roadside bombing in eastern Afghanistan.
The victims were heading home from the hospital after the mother had given birth when the bomb planted by Taleban insurgents tore through their vehicle in eastern Khost province.
And little more than a week ago, a roadside bomb killed 10 civilians, including women and a child, heading for a wedding party in southern Afghanistan.


India seeks death penalty for rape of girls under 12

Updated 21 April 2018
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India seeks death penalty for rape of girls under 12

  • The decision to prescribe the death penalty for people convicted of raping girls under 12 follows an outrage over the rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu-Kashmir.
  • The Press Trust of India news agency reported that the ordinance is being sent to the president for approval.

New Delhi: India’s government has decided to prescribe the death penalty for people convicted of raping girls under the age of 12 to combat an increase in crimes against women.
The Press Trust of India news agency reported Saturday that the ordinance is being sent to the president for approval. It will require the approval of Parliament within six months in order the become law.
The decision follows an outrage over the recent brutal rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu-Kashmir state and the alleged rape of a girl by a ruling party lawmaker in Uttar Pradesh state.
Countrywide protests following a 2012 New Delhi gang rape and murder case prompted the government to double prison terms for rapists to 20 years.