Protests after seven-year-old raped in Delhi

Indian security forces walk inside the government school where a seven years old girl student was sexually assaulted, in New Delhi on August 10, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 11 August 2018
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Protests after seven-year-old raped in Delhi

  • Some 19,000 attacks on minors were reported in 2016, but activists say vast numbers are never brought to police attention
  • In January an eight-year-old girl died after being kidnapped, drugged and gang-raped for days in northern Jammu and Kashmir

NEW DELHI: Scores of angry parents protested outside a government-run school in New Delhi on Friday after a seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an electrician on its premises, police said.
The incident comes on the heels of sex-abuse scandals at two children’s homes that have sparked widespread outrage.
The latest case came to light after the family noticed the child bleeding and lodged a police complaint on Thursday.
“A medical examination of the victim has been conducted. The results reveal a clear indication of sexual assault,” Madhur Verma, a spokesman for Delhi Police, told AFP.
The 37-year-old electrician was arrested after being identified by the victim, Verma added.
Local media reports said the suspect, who had been hired by the school just a month ago, pulled the girl into a secluded water-pump room just as she was leaving to go home.
India has a grim record of sexual violence. Some 19,000 attacks on minors were reported in 2016, but activists say vast numbers are never brought to police attention due to the social stigma attached to sexual crimes.
In January an eight-year-old girl died after being kidnapped, drugged and gang-raped for days in northern Jammu and Kashmir.
The case led to the introduction of the death penalty for those convicted of raping girls younger than 12.


UN climate talks in Poland go into overtime

Updated 22 min 24 sec ago
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UN climate talks in Poland go into overtime

  • Diplomats and ministers prepared for a closing meeting at noon Saturday, a day past the original deadline
  • The talks are meant to provide a rulebook for all signatories of the 2015 accord

KATOWICE, Poland: Officials from around the world are still working to agree on the fine print of the Paris climate accord after two weeks of talks, even as workers dismantle sections of the conferenced venue around them.
Diplomats and ministers prepared for a closing meeting at noon Saturday, a day past the original deadline, but success was still uncertain.
The UN talks in Katowice, Poland, are meant to provide a rulebook for all signatories of the 2015 accord, ensure financial support for poor countries and send a signal that countries are prepared to increase their efforts in years to come.
The rules for carbon emissions trading remain a key sticking point.
Scientists say emissions of greenhouse gas like carbon dioxide need to drop sharply by 2030 to prevent potentially catastrophic global warming.