Many families believe it’s a contagious shame. In some parts of the world, relatives of the victim see the rape as a dishonor against the family and the tribe, and in some cases kill the victim or induce her to commit suicide. Some try to “repair the damage” by forcing the victim to wed the man who assaulted her. Many women choose death instead. Last week, an 18-year old woman in Punjab chose to drink poison after being pressured by the police to marry her attacker.
Frontpage: Thursday, Dec. 15
- U.S. Lowers Battle Flag in Iraq: Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta attended the ceremony in Baghdad that marked the official end to the war in Iraq.
- Congress Signals Progress in Deadlock: First signs of progress against a government shutdown.
- Ex-French President Guilty of Graft: Jacque Chirac was found guilty of diverting funds in a court Thursday.
- Cain Wants to be Defense Secretary: The former GOP front runner told Barbara Walters in an interview. LOL.
- Bootleg Liquor Kills 143 in India: Police closed 10 illicit liquor dens in an Eastern India town after 143 die from booze they may have had methanol.
Photo: Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin arrives for his annual question-and-answer television program. Putin said the results of Russia’s parliamentary elections reflected popular opinion but said he was pleased by the sight of mass protests of mainly young people. (Alexey Druzhinin, AFP / Getty Images)