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A Pakistani rape victim says she has been forced to seek justice after the rapists filmed and released the video of the act online

When a young Pakistani woman was gang raped in a remote village, she kept silent. But then a video of the rape began circulating online and via mobile phone. As BBC Urdu’s Amber Shamsi reports, little appears to have been done to stop web users from sharing the video.

Sadia (not her real name) had thought that if she kept quiet, it might protect her from the humiliation of being known as a rape victim.

But in the days or weeks after, two versions of her ordeal began to circulate online – one lasted five minutes, the other 40 minutes.

The video showed her being raped by four men, one by one, while she pleaded for mercy. It spread rapidly through the towns and villages of Punjab.

“It was my elder brother who first told me about the video. He saw it and recognised Sadia, then came to me,” Sadia’s father says.

“She felt too ashamed to tell me because I’m her father. If her mother had been alive, I’m sure my daughter would have told her.”

They then reported the rape, and it was easy to find the alleged culprits in that small community.

‘Sharing’ the rape

It was shared largely through Bluetooth and clips have reportedly made it on to social media websites such as Facebook.

It can still be shared. Pakistan does not have the laws to stop this from happening.

Sadia lives in a typical Pakistani village, with mud homes surrounded by fields of sugarcane and small vegetable gardens.

She is 23 but she looks much younger. Since her mother died, she has been a surrogate mother to her younger siblings.


Sadia says the public nature of her ordeal has left her unwilling to leave her home

Sadia is nervous as she speaks, clasping and unclasping her hands, breaking down and re-composing herself.

She says she was on her way to the market to buy her sister’s school uniform when she was bundled into a car and threatened with a gun. She claims the four men in the car took her to a house and raped her while filming the act on a mobile phone.

“After I begged and pleaded with them, they beat me even more,” she says. “They said to me that if I don’t listen to them and do what they want, they’ll show everyone the video, put it up on the internet, that they would hurt my brothers and sister.

“I didn’t care about myself but I didn’t want my siblings’ future to be in jeopardy because of me. That’s why I didn’t tell anyone.”

She is acutely aware the video is now being watched widely.

“A lot of people are watching this video for fun, they see it as something interesting.”

Cyber crime laws

When I came face to face with the four accused men in the police station where they were being held on remand, they hung their heads to avoid our gaze. They are currently in jail and the trial is under way.

Four suspects in custody

The four suspects are in custody, and their trial has begun

As well as being prosecuted for gang-rape and kidnap, they have also been charged with distributing pornography for which the penalty is three months in jail.

The video is still online although police say they have been trying to get it removed. As far as the gang-rape is concerned, police say that with the video, the case is strong

But this is also a story that underscores how Pakistan’s legal system has been unable to keep pace with rapid changes in society and technology.

Lawyers specialising in cyber crime say there is no specific law to force websites to take down the video, and a lack of political will and manpower means this could still be some way off.

A comprehensive cyber-crime ordinance was allowed to lapse four years ago before it could become law.

So local police and federal agents adopt a piecemeal approach when confronted with a crime like the filming and sharing of a video containing sexual violence and invoke laws pertaining to sexual harassment, defamation or criminal intimidation or basic clauses on violation of privacy gleaned from an old law called the Electronic Transactions Ordinance (ETO).

Under a new cyber-crime law (yet to be enacted by parliament), the punishment for distributing sexually explicit material will be three years – whether or not it involves violence which is dealt with under separate laws – and violation of privacy is also three years

A deputy director-general with the central Federal Investigation Agency which covers cyber crime, Shehzad Haider, says he gets about 12 to 15 cases of private videos of a sexual nature being uploaded a month – by jilted lovers and blackmailing gangs – and the numbers appear to be increasing.

“The law which was allowed to lapse was very effective because it was detailed and made the job of prosecution much easier,” says Mr Haider. “We make do with the ETO because we have no choice.”

Sadia has no choice either. She is now house-bound because of the shame of the public nature of her ordeal. She used to be a primary-school teacher and had been in further study.

“Some of my college professors visited me and encouraged me to complete my studies,” she says.

“They say I should put it behind me, but I can’t. Not until the men are punished.”


How the crime came to light: Tahir Imran Mian, Social Media editor, BBC Urdu

“I have something to share with you and I hope the BBC can help the victim.” That was the message attached to a video from a reader of the BBC Urdu Facebook page.

It is one the biggest and most followed pages in Pakistan and a huge number of people reach out to us for help. We are often sent graphic material, but I felt numb after seeing the shocking video so decided to investigate.

After a few phone calls and conversations, it dawned on me that people were watching and sharing this. I then found that many men in the area where the attack took place thought it was “fun” to share and watch the video.

There are several closed groups on Facebook where men can share images. Those who have access to tools and technology can take it further and blackmail victims. A mobile phone with a camera is cheap and so are the opportunities it provides to many who knowingly or unknowingly record their videos and then share them.

The victim often ends up being the one stigmatised.


Henry Sapiecha



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Mersane Warria has been arrested over the children’s deaths. 

THE bodies of eight children stabbed to death have been removed from the Manoora house where they were found on Friday.

Autopsies will be carried out today as the investigation into their murders continue.

The mother of seven of the eight children was arrested overnight.

The eight children, aged between 18 months and 15 years, were found dead yesterday morning by their 20-year-old brother who raised the alarm with police.

The suspect is 37-year-old Mersane Warria — the mother of seven of the eight children and the aunt of the eighth victim.

In a press conference held this morning at the crime scene Murray St, Manoora, Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said forensics officers had spent the night trying to piece together the scene.

“Overnight we’ve had our forensic people still in the house, the deceased have been removed from the residence, today we will have our coroner and pathologist conduct their investigations, with the assistance of the family,” Det Inp Asnicar said.

“The 37-year-old mother of several of the children involved in this incident has been arrested for murder overnight and is currently under police guard at the Cairns Base Hospital.

“The bodies have been removed from the residence, autopsies will occur today and it will be after that, we can comment on those sorts of things (causes of death).

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“The (forensic officers) are looking for DNA, they’re looking for mapping of the scene to establish what occurred, we’re looking time chronology, they’re looking for the order of the actions that occurred, they’re looking for any trace evidence in the residents itself, they’re looking for blood spatter patterns.

“All of these things our experts are trained to look for, to establish 100 per cent exactly what happened in that house when these offences were committed.”

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Police have found a number of weapons in the home.

“We’ve located a number of weapons, once again our very good scientists will be looking at those weapons at some stage we will be able to determine if we have the weapon that was used.

“We are talking about edged weapons, knives.”

Det Insp Asnicar said the house would remain a crime scene “for at least another couple of days.”

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Police work at the scene overnight. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS Source: AFP

“It’s not a thing I set a time limit on, our forensic people are experts in this field and they will keep it, just as long as they need to keep it.”

At this time police are not looking for any other suspects.

“At this stage, we’re not looking for anybody else, we are comfortable that the community at large is safe and have no need for concern.”

The street where the horrific murders occurred was not especially known to police as an area that gets a lot of calls.

The 20-year-old brother who was seen at the scene yesterday has been spoken to by police.

“We’ve spoken to everybody, that 20-year-old man, there’s been some speculation there too, he is not of particular interest to us.”

The mother was in a stable condition in hospital recovering from stab wounds.

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“At the current time she is awake and lucid and able to speak.”

The officers who faced the horrendous scene yesterday have undergone counselling and are doing well.

“My officers are coping very well, they’re all professional people, they’re very skilled in what they do and we unfortunately get exposed to this type of thing more than anybody would like to, but all the support mechanisms are there in place for us and my staff and they’ll be fine.”

“This area does get calls for service, this particular house, hasn’t been flagged for particular calls of service, it’s not a problem house, it’s just an ordinary neighbourhood, a lot of good people, a lot of kids in the area, this is just something that has caught everybody by surprise, it’s an absolute tragic event.”

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Henry Sapiecha

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(Reuters) – Using toy guns, a 12-year-old boy and his 13-year-old accomplice tried to rob a bank in Israel but fled without any cash after apparently losing their nerve, police said on Thursday.

Security camera footage showed the boys, wearing hooded sweatshirts, entering the bank in Rishon Lezion, a suburb of Tel Aviv on Wednesday. One had a schoolbag on his back and what appeared to be a rifle in his hand.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said both were carrying fake M-16 assault rifles and that they shouted “this is a holdup”.

“They were toy guns but they looked real. The people in the bank were scared, but then the suspects ran out without taking any money,” he said, adding that police were able to identify the pair from the security footage and later arrested them.


Luka Rocco Magnotta, the man dubbed the ‘Canadian Psycho’, denies murder charge by reason of insanity

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Confessed killer … Luka Rocco Magnotta in a handout picture released on June 5, 2012. Picture: AFP/Service de Police de La Ville de Montreal Source: AFP

A FORMER Canadian porn actor has admitted at the start of his trial to killing and dismembering a Chinese student, but his lawyer blames the gruesome crime on mental illness.

The court heard Luka Rocco Magnotta, 32, has admitted to the underlying facts in the case, including killing 33-year-old Jun Lin.

But he formally pleaded not guilty to first degree murder, committing indignities to a body, harassing Canada’s prime minister and other charges that could see him jailed for life, if he is convicted.

The jury must now consider his state of mind at the time of the offences, and whether he is criminally responsible.

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The victim … Chinese student Jun Lin in an undated photo. Source: Supplied

The defence said it would present medical files and expert witnesses to demonstrate the accused’s long history of mental illness, while the prosecution said it would show the crime was premeditated and not the act of a lunatic.

“Whether Mr Magnotta is exempt from criminal responsibility will be the matter for your deliberations,” defence lawyer Luc Leclair said in opening remarks to the jury.

Magnotta is accused of using an ice pick to fatally stab Lin in May 2012, before sexually abusing and dismembering the man’s corpse, and then posting a video of the heinous act online.

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Porn star … Luka Rocco Magnotta as he appears in a video uploaded on YouTube. Picture: AFP/YouTube Source: AFP

Days after the killing, Montreal police discovered the victim’s torso in a suitcase by the rubbish outside an apartment building along a busy highway.

Lin’s severed hands and feet were sent in the mail to federal political parties in Ottawa — one of the packages was addressed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper — and to two schools in Vancouver.

The head was found in a Montreal park months later.

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Caught out … Luka Rocco Magnotta (centre) escorted by police upon arrival from Germany at Mirabel Airport outside Montreal in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada on June 18, 2012. Picture: Service de Police de la Ville de Montreal. Source: AFP

Magnotta fled Canada, but was arrested in Germany in June 2012, following an international manhunt, and extradited.

He was arrested in a Berlin internet cafe, after stops in France and elsewhere in Germany.

As the trial got under way, Magnotta sat behind a glass enclosure in the cramped Montreal courtroom as Lin’s father looked on from one of only 13 seats in the gallery.

Prosecutor Louis Bouthillier called on the jury not to be swayed into believing that Magnotta must be insane in order to have committed such horrific crimes.

Seeking justice  Diran Lin father of Jun Lin walks to the courtroom for the murder trial of Luka Rocco Magnotta in Montreal. The Canadian Press Ryan Remiorz  image

Seeking justice … Diran Lin, father of Jun Lin, walks to the courtroom for the murder trial of Luka Rocco Magnotta in Montreal. Picture: AP/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz Source: AP

Bouthillier said this was a “planned and deliberate” murder, pointing to a December 2011 email to a British journalist investigating cat mutilations, in which Magnotta purportedly said he wanted to videotape the slaughter of a human.

The defence said it would urge the jury to order in-hospital psychiatric treatment for Magnotta rather than life in prison.

If he is found not guilty by reason of insanity, he would land in a psychiatric ward until doctors deemed him fit for release.

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Different look … Luka Rocco Magnotta, in an undated image provided by Interpol. Picture: AP/Interpol Source: AP

At a preliminary hearing last year, questions arose about Magnotta’s mental health, but he was found fit to stand trial in two psychiatric assessments.

One month before Lin’s death, Magnotta was also diagnosed at a Montreal hospital with borderline personality disorder, said Leclair.

The media dubbed him the “Canadian Psycho” after it was discovered the soundtrack from the movie American Psycho was playing in the background of the video posted online.

Lin’s father Diran says he intends to sit through the trial.

Defining moment  CCTV video shows Luka Rocco Magnotta entering an internet cafe in the district of Neukoelln in Berlin, Germany, on June 4 2012 where he was arrested after a worker recognised him. image

Defining moment … CCTV video shows Luka Rocco Magnotta entering an internet cafe in the district of Neukoelln in Berlin, Germany, on June 4, 2012 where he was arrested after a worker recognised him. Source: AP


Australia is doing it’s job well in  tracking down a terrorism element in the community & having her charged.

The wife [Fatima] of this terrorist Mohamed Elomar has been nabbed arrested & charged by the Australian Federal Police

If found guilty we cannot afford to be seen to be weak in our penalty application to all terrorists.

Bullets are cheap.

Let them leave here & never ever to return. Keeping them here under detention costs us money.

They say an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth & maybe a head for a head for us to stay ahead

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Mohamed Elomar, suspected to be in Syria or Iraq; his wife has been charged with supporting incursions into a foreign state.

Police say they have phone records and surveillance footage to back up their case against the wife of suspected Islamic State fighter Mohamed Elomar.

Fatima Elomar was arrested by counter-terrorism detectives in May as she tried to board a flight to Malaysia with her four children.

Police allege she was carrying cash and supplies, including camouflage gear, GPS watches, money and some medical supplies on behalf of her husband, who is in Syria and reportedly fighting with the terror group.

Mohamed Elomar and his fellow Australian fighter Khaled Sharrouf recently posted images on Twitter, showing them posing with the heads of executed fighters, holding guns and standing over bloodied bodies.

Ms Elomar is yet to enter a plea. The 29-year-old is charged under the Crimes (Foreign Incursions and Recruitment) Act with supporting incursions into a foreign state with the intention of engaging in hostile activities.

On Tuesday, the Downing Centre Local Court was told a committal hearing cannot proceed without written permission of the Attorney-General. That consent was being sought, Magistrate John Bailey was told.

Her lawyer, Zali Burrows, has previously said Ms Elomar was heading overseas for a family reunion.

The case will return to court in November.


PROVO, Utah (Reuters) – A Utah mother accused of killing six of her newborn infants over a decade and stashing their bodies in a garage was charged on Monday with murder in their deaths.

Megan Huntsman, accused of killing six of her babies and storing their bodies in her garage, appears in court in Provo

Megan Huntsman, 39, made a brief court appearance in Provo, Utah, as the first-degree murder charges were revealed by Utah County Attorney Jeff Buhman.

Hunstman could face life in prison if convicted but will not be eligible for the death penalty, prosecutors said.

Police have said that Huntsman, who was arrested on April 13, has admitted to strangling or suffocating the six babies just after their births between 1996 and 2006 in a rare case of serial infanticide.

The infants’ remains were found wrapped in old towels, shirts and plastic bags and stuffed inside cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home in Pleasant Grove, a suburb just north of Provo. The body of a seventh infant was found disposed of in the same way, but authorities have said they believe that child was stillborn.

Police have said Huntsman secretly gave birth to all seven babies without medical assistance at the house after apparently managing to conceal her pregnancies.

Authorities have said she has explained her rationale for the killings to investigators, but they have not publicly revealed the alleged motive.

Buhman told reporters that DNA from the infants’ remains was still being analyzed to confirm their parentage, which could take weeks or months.

Huntsman has three surviving daughters, ages 14, 18 and 20, and they still live with other relatives at the Pleasant Grove address. At least one of them, the youngest, was born during the period in which the mother is suspected of slaying the babies.

Each count of first-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of five years to life in prison. But Huntsman is not eligible for the death penalty if convicted because the alleged offenses predate changes in the law that would have made them capital crimes, said Jared Perkins, a deputy county attorney.

Huntsman, who remains jailed in lieu of $6 million cash-only bond, was arrested after her estranged husband, Darren West, discovered the remains of one of the infants while cleaning out his garage, leading police to find the six other bodies.

The county attorney said neither West nor the three surviving sisters are considered suspects in the case.


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A doctor has been charged with the murder of her husband, also a doctor, in the WA Mid West city of Geraldton.

The body of 34-year-old Dinendra Athukorala was found inside a home in Shenton Street three days ago.

Chamari Rasika Denuwanthe Gunathilaka Liyanage, 34, appeared in court in Geraldton today charged with her husband’s murder.

No plea has been entered and she did not apply for bail.

Police were called to the unit on Tuesday, following reports of a domestic incident, and found the doctor’s body inside.

The WA Country Health Service said Dr Dinendra Athukorala had worked at the Geraldton Hospital as a resident medical officer for the last year.

The service’s Margaret Denton said he was a valued member of the team and hospital staff were deeply shocked by his death.

Police say Dr Athukorala’s family in Sri Lanka had been notified of his death and consular officials were offering them assistance.

Mrs Athukorala is set to appear in the Stirling Gardens Magistrate via video link court in Perth on July 16.



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A recent skimming attack in which thieves used a specialised device to physically insert malicious software into a cash machine may be a harbinger of more sophisticated scams to come.

Authorities in the Chinese territory of Macau, last week announced the arrest of two Ukrainian men accused of participating in a skimming ring that stole approximately $100,000 from at least seven ATMs.

Local police said the men insert a device that was connected to a small laptop into the card acceptance slot on the ATMs. Armed with this toolset, the authorities said, the men were able to install malware capable of siphoning the customer’s card data and PINs. The device appears to be a rigid green circuit board that is approximately four or five times the length of an ATM card.

According to Hong Kong press reports (and supplemented by an interview with an employee at one of the local banks who asked not to be named), the insertion of the circuit board caused the software running on the ATMs to crash, temporarily leaving the cash machine with a black, empty screen. The thieves would then remove the device. Soon after, the machine would restart, and begin recording the card and PINs entered by customers who used the compromised machines.

The Macau government alleges that the accused would return a few days after infecting the ATMs to collect the stolen card numbers and PINs. To do this, the thieves would reinsert the specialised chip card to retrieve the purloined data, and then a separate chip card to destroy evidence of the malware.

ATM attacks that leverage external, physical access to install malware aren’t exactly new, but they’re far less common than skimming devices that are made to be affixed to the cash machine for the duration of the theft. It’s not clear how the malware was delivered in this case, but in previous attacks thieves have been able to connect directly to a USB port somewhere inside the ATMs.

Late last year, a pair of researchers at the Chaos Communication Congress (CCC) conference in Germany detailed a malware attack that drained ATMs at unnamed banks in Europe. In that case, the crooks cut a chunk out of the ATM’s chassis to expose its USB port, and then inserted a USB stick loaded with malware. The thieves would then replace the cut-out piece of chassis and come back a few days later, and enter a 12-digit code that launched a special interface that displayed the amount of money available in each denomination — along with options for dispensing each kind.

In December 2012, I wrote about an attack in Brazil in which thieves swapped an ATM’s USB-based security camera with a portable keyboard that let them hack the cash machine. In that attack, the crook caused a reboot of the ATM software by punching in a special combination of keys. The thieves then were able to reboot into a custom version of Debian Linux designed to troubleshoot locked or corrupted ATM equipment.



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Protest against police … Indian villagers gather around the bodies of two teenage sisters hanging from a tree in Katra village in Uttar Pradesh state, India. Photo: AP

Lucknow, India: Facing relentless media attention and growing criticism for a series of rapes, state officials in north India fired two police officers on Friday for failing to investigate the disappearance of two teenage cousins, who were gang-raped and later found hanging from a tree.

One of the father’s of the victims told the BBC that he was ridiculed by police when he went to report his daughter and her cousin missing.

But in a country with a long history of tolerance for sexual violence, the firings also came as the state’s top official mocked journalists for asking about the attack.

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An Indian activist prays as she takes part in a candlelight vigil in Kolkata after the cremation ceremony for a gang-rape victim on December 30, 2012. Photo: AFP

“Aren’t you safe? You’re not facing any danger, are you?” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said in Lucknow, the state capital. “Then why are you worried? What’s it to you?”

The gang-rape, with video of the girls’ corpses hanging from a mango tree and swaying gently in a breeze, was the top story on Friday on India’s relentless 24-hour news stations.

But in just the past few days, Uttar Pradesh has also seen the mother of a rape victim brutally attacked and a 17-year-old girl gang-raped by four men.

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Members of a university students’ union shout slogans during a protest against the gang-rape of two teenage girls in Katra village, outside the Uttar Pradesh state house, in New Delhi. Photo: AP

Uttar Pradesh is India’s most populous state, with nearly 200 million people.

Official statistics say about 25,000 rapes are committed every year in India, a nation of 1.2 billion people. But activists say that number is very low, since women are often pressed by family or police to stay quiet about sexual assaults.

Indian police and politicians, who for decades had done little about sexual violence, have faced growing public anger since the December 2013 gang-rape and murder of a young woman on a moving New Delhi bus, an attack that sparked national outrage over the treatment of women.

On Friday, the state’s former chief minister lashed out at the ruling government.

“There is no law and order in the state,” said Mayawati, who uses only one name. “It is the law of the jungle.”

Hours later, the chief minister ordered that suspects in the attack be tried in special “fast track” courts, to get around India’s notoriously slow judicial system.

The girls, who were 14 and 15, were raped in the tiny village of Katra, about 300 kilometres from Lucknow.

Police say they disappeared on Tuesday night after going into fields near their home to relieve themselves, since their house has no toilet.

The father of one girl went to police that night to report them missing, but he said they refused to help.

When the bodies were discovered the next day, angry villagers silently protested the police inaction by refusing to allow the bodies to be cut down from the tree.

The villagers allowed authorities to take down the corpses after the first arrests were made on Wednesday. Police arrested two police officers and two men from the village, and were searching for three more suspects.

The girls were Dalits, from the community once known as “untouchables” in India’s ancient caste system. The fired policemen and the men accused in the attack are Yadavs, a low-caste community that dominates that part of Uttar Pradesh. The chief minister is from the same caste.

On Thursday, officials suspended two local police officers for ignoring the father’s pleas for help. They were fired on Friday.

Top state official Anil Kumar Gupta said the two policemen had been charged with criminal conspiracy for refusing to file a complaint or take any action.

Meanwhile, the chief minister’s mocking comments to reporters were not a surprise to many in India.

Last month, Yadav’s father — a former chief minister and head of the state’s ruling party — told an election rally that the party opposed a law calling for gang-rapists to be executed.

“Boys will be boys,” Mulayam Singh Yadav said. “They make mistakes.”

Kavita Krishnan, a women’s rights activist, said such comments make clear to police that rape isn’t taken seriously by officials.

She called the chief minister’s Friday comments “a trivialisation of rape.”

While sexual assaults are reported across India, there have been a string of high-profile attacks in just the past few days in Uttar Pradesh.

On Thursday, police arrested three men for brutally attacking the mother of a rape victim after she refused to withdraw her complaint.

The attack, in the town of Etawah, followed the May 11 rape of the woman’s teenage daughter. A local man was arrested after the mother filed a complaint with authorities.

Five men — including the father, a brother and a cousin of the man accused in the rape — followed the victim’s mother away from her house on Monday and beat her relentlessly, demanding she drop the accusation, said Dinesh Kumar, the town’s police superintendent.

The mother was in critical condition in a hospital, with numerous broken bones and internal injuries.

Police arrested three men on Thursday for the attack and were looking for two others.

On Wednesday, a 17-year-old woman was attacked in a field and raped by four men in southwestern Uttar Pradesh, police said. One man has been arrested.





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A second person has been arrested over the alleged attempted murder of a man outside a north-western Sydney sex club.

The 29-year-old man was stopped by officers from the Middle Eastern crime squad as he drove down Colechin Street at Yagoona at 9.30am on Thursday.

Witnesses said officers jumped out of unmarked police cars with their guns drawn and stopped the man driving an Audi four-wheel-drive. It is alleged that detectives also found ammunition and balaclavas inside the vehicle.

He was arrested and taken to Bankstown police station where he is being questioned over the May 1 shooting of a 52-year-old man outside Aarows, a 24-hour ”gay and social club” at Rydalmere

The victim was shot seven times and wounded in the groin, back and leg after being ambushed in the car park of the club about 1am.

The victim spent considerable time in hospital recuperating.

Police are also speaking to the 29-year-old about a shooting outside a kebab shop on the Cumberland Highway at Smithfield at 10pm on July 25. The 41-year-old victim was shot once in the leg.

On Tuesday, police arrested Milad Bin Ahmad-Shah Al-Ahmadzai, 23, at Goulburn and charged him with shooting with intent to murder, discharging a firearm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and stealing a motor vehicle in relation to the Rydalmere incident. Al-Ahmadzai was already in custody when arrested.

The 23-year-old did not apply for bail during Tuesday’s hearing and it was formally refused. The matter returns to court on November 28.



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