Indian woman allegedly raped by 40 men over four days

In this file photo, Indian National Congress party activists hold placards and shout slogans during a protest against the abduction and gang-rape of five charity workers in Chochang village of Khunti district, in Ranchi, India. (AFP)
Updated 20 July 2018
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Indian woman allegedly raped by 40 men over four days

  • Indian police have arrested the owner of a guesthouse and its manager after a woman alleged she was drugged and raped by some 40 men over four days.
  • The incident is the latest in a string of sexual attack cases reported from across the country where nearly 110 rapes are reported every day.

NEW DELHI: Indian police have arrested the owner of a guesthouse and its manager after a woman alleged she was drugged and raped by some 40 men over four days, an official said Friday.
The incident is the latest in a string of sexual attack cases reported from across the country where nearly 110 rapes are reported every day, according to official figures.
In a complaint to the police, the 22-year-old woman said she was promised a job at the guesthouse in the northern state of Haryana by a person known to her.
But she was instead held captive, drugged and raped by various men over four days, senior police officer Rajendar Kumar Meena told AFP, citing the written complaint of the victim.
Three junior police officials “have been suspended for negligence and not informing senior officers about the sensitive matter,” Meena added.
Sexual violence is rife in India, with 110,333 rape cases reported in the country between 2014 and 2016.
The country’s dire record on sexual violence has been in the global spotlight since the 2012 gang-rape and murder of a woman on a New Delhi bus sparked angry protests.
The incident led to tougher sentences and reforms in the country’s rape laws but sexual crime against women, as well as against minors, remains rampant.
Indian police arrested 17 men this week for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl over several weeks in southern city of Chennai.


Donald Trump to declare ‘national emergency’ to fund US-Mexico border wall

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Donald Trump to declare ‘national emergency’ to fund US-Mexico border wall

  • Trump’s plan, announced by the White House on a chaotic political day Thursday, alarmed US lawmakers
  • Signing the spending bill will bring an end to a rolling, two-month battle over government funding

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump will declare a national emergency Friday to fund his long-sought US-Mexico border wall, after agreeing to a measure that prevents a new government shutdown but excludes the billions he demanded for the barrier.

His announcement of his intentions came on the same day as he said he would state his case on Daesh "within 24 hours," as well as making statements about North Korea and future trade with Britain.

Trump’s border plan, announced by the White House on a chaotic political day Thursday, alarmed US lawmakers, including those in his Republican Party who warn that the move would set a dangerous precedent, and Democrats who fumed about an abuse of presidential power.

The massive spending measure will keep federal agencies operational through September 30 — a relief for lawmakers who had fretted about the possibility of a second crippling shutdown this year.

But it falls wells short of the $5.7 billion that Trump has been demanding for a wall on the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) southern border, and Trump’s emergency declaration would help him bypass Congress and get the money that lawmakers refused to give him.

Signing the spending bill will bring an end to a rolling, two-month battle over government funding.

But by declaring an emergency, Trump opens a new confrontation — and creates some of the riskiest legal peril of his term.

Trump has been demanding for a wall on the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) southern border

Under the National Emergencies Act, the president can declare a national emergency, providing a specific reason for it.

That allows the activation of any of hundreds of dormant emergency powers under other laws, which can permit the White House to declare martial law, suspend civil liberties, expand the military, seize property and restrict trade, communications and financial transactions.

Recent presidents — including Trump — have used emergency powers on such issues. But the expectation that Trump will use the authority to raid billions of dollars from government accounts for the funding of a wall is sounding alarm bells on Capitol Hill.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Trump’s Democratic nemesis in Congress, said declaring such a national emergency would be “a lawless act (and) a gross abuse of the power of the presidency.”

Members of her caucus were “reviewing our options” about how to respond to Trump’s move, she told reporters Thursday.

“I’m not advocating for any president doing an end run around Congress,” Pelosi added.

“I’m just saying that the Republicans should have some dismay about the door that they are opening, the threshold they are crossing.”

Members of the migrant caravan that has made its way from central America to the US-Mexico border

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he backs the president’s emergency intent, but several others in the Republican camp have expressed deep reservations.

“I have concerns about the precedent that could be set with the use of emergency action to re-appropriate funds,” veteran Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said in a statement.

Senator Susan Collins said it “would be a mistake” for the president to declare such an emergency, warning it would “undermine” lawmakers’ all-important role as holders of federal purse strings.

Article 1 of the US Constitution states Congress gets to decide how money is appropriated. Many lawmakers have said they have no idea where Trump will draw the funding from.

Democrats in particular have signaled that the move would open the door to future presidents declaring emergencies on various topics, from gun violence to climate change to the opioid crisis.

There is broad expectation that Trump’s move would be challenged in court.

And House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler expressed support for a joint congressional resolution of disapproval to “terminate” Trump’s emergency declaration.

Such a move has a chance of passing both chambers of Congress, but Trump would almost certainly veto it.

Lawmakers could try to override the veto with a two-thirds majority but that would be tough going in the Senate, where several Republicans may not wish to cross the president.

The spending measure includes only $1.375 billion for border barriers or fencing, far from the $5.7 billion that Trump has sought for his long-promised border wall — a demand that led to the recent 35-day government shutdown, the longest in US history.