horrifying child rape case sparks protests in kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan – A disturbing child rape case in Kyrgyzstan, a country in Central Asia, has sparked protest, with many demanding actions against the perpetrators. This week, women rights activists in Kyrgyzstan staged rallies in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, and Osh, the second-largest city in Kyrgyzstan, in protest of violence against women.
In a horrifying and shocking incident, a 13-year-old girl was raped repeatedly over a six-month period by four men, two of whom are police officers, in Bishkek. The horrifying incident recently came to the attention of the media and has sparked outrage in Kyrgyzstan.
Justice for the girl
According to Kyrgyz media outlet Kloop, 20 people attended a rally in Osh near the police department building on July 8, demanding justice for the child. Nearly 200 people also attended a rally outside the Sverdlovsk District Court in Bishkek, urging the authorities to take violence against women and girls seriously.
In both cities, protesters called for the resignation of Internal Affairs Minister Ulan Niyazbekov. Protesters also gathered outside the Internal Affairs Ministry office, demanding justice for the girl.
Human rights activists in Kyrgyzstan also issued an appeal to President Sadyr Japarov to address the plight of women and young girls in Kyrgyzstan.
What happened to the case of the rape of the 13-year-old?
The court in Kyrgyzstan rescheduled hearings in the case of the rape of the 13-year-old girl. The first meeting, which was scheduled for June 23, did not take place because the prosecutor did not come to the court. The second meeting for June 29 did not take place because the accused was absent. Another meeting on July 5 was adjourned because the judge had a different meeting.
Women and young girls in the country are reportedly harassed by the perpetrators or police. If they file complaints against the accused, women are often pressured by police and courts.