Glamorous Sarkozy aide quits Paris mayoral race

Updated 24 April 2013
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Glamorous Sarkozy aide quits Paris mayoral race

PARIS: Former French Justice Minister Rachida Dati said yesterday she was pulling out of the competition to be the right-wing candidate for next year’s Paris mayoral vote, which is shaping up to be a historic all-female race.
Dati, a glamorous protégé of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, told newsweekly Le Point she was dropping out of the primary vote to be the candidate for the right-wing UMP party. She said her rival Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Sarkozy’s former spokeswoman, already had the primary vote sown up.
“She has already been chosen by the media and the system, that is the reality,” Dati said. “In this context, I am withdrawing my candidacy.”
The 2007 Cabinet appointment of Dati, who is of North African origin, was initially hailed as a symbol of inclusiveness, but she was eventually dropped from the government after her penchant for designer dresses and appearing on the covers of celebrity magazines prompted criticism. Dati, 47, is currently embroiled in a legal battle to have French tycoon Dominique Desseigne accept paternity for her daughter that has seen his lawyers accuse her of having eight lovers at the time of conception.


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.