World Gone Bad

World Gone Bad: Small Mob Stones Pregnant Woman to Death while Police Watch

Farzana Parveen was attacked on Tuesday outside the High Court building in the eastern city of Lahore by more than two dozen brick-wielding attackers, including her brother and father, for marrying against the wishes of her family.

Parveen, who was three months pregnant, had gone to court to testify in defence of her husband Muhammad Iqbal — who was accused by her relatives of kidnapping her and forcing her into marriage.

Iqbal, 45, told AFP the couple had survived a previous attack during the first hearing of the case on May 12 and demanded justice for his wife.

He told the BBC that police officers at the court were “watching silently” while his wife was beaten to death on Tuesday, despite desperate attempts to get them to act.

“One of my relatives took off his clothes to catch their attention,” he told the broadcaster.

“A naked man was crying for help in front of the High Court but nobody intervened.”

Last year 869 women died in so-called “honour killings” according to the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

Conviction rates are very low due to Pakistan’s blood-money laws which allow kin to forgive perpetrators, usually family members in such cases.

Pregnant Pakistani woman stoned to death by mob for marrying man she loved. Agence France-Presse/The Raw Story, 5/29/2014.

World Gone Bad: Policeman’s Son Stabs, Kills 5 at House Party

The charges against de Grood came following the early-morning stabbing deaths of four men and a woman in the city’s Brentwood neighbourhood, just north of the University of Calgary campus. De Grood is the son of a veteran Calgary police officer, according to the chief of police.

…The stabbings happened around 1:20 a.m. MT on Tuesday at a house party celebrating the end of university classes, police said.

“This is the worst mass murder in Calgary’s history,” said [Calgary Police Services Chief Rick] Hanson at a news conference Tuesday.

…“The suspect arrived at the party, obtained a large knife and targeted the victims one by one, stabbing them,” said Hanson.

There is nothing to indicate that there was any incident that led up to the event, or that de Grood had consumed drugs or alcohol. It’s believed he came to the party directly from work, said Hanson.

…According to neighbours, the people at the house had been celebrating the last day of university classes with a fire in the backyard.

Bermuda Shorts Day festivities to mark the end of the University of Calgary’s winter semester have been a campus tradition since 1960.

Three people were pronounced dead at the scene. A female was found injured on the lawn, while two others were taken to hospital in critical, life-threatening condition, and later died, officials said.

One other person suffered minor injuries.

UPDATED: Matthew de Grood charged in Calgary’s worst mass murder. CBC News, 4/15/2014.

World Gone Bad: Pakistani Man Arrested for Cannibalism—Again

Police raided the house in a remote village in Punjab province after neighbours complained of a foul smell and found the head of the two-day-old baby inside.

Householder Mohammad Arif admitted eating the child after his brother stole the body from a graveyard in Darya Khan village, around 300 kilometres (180 miles) south of Islamabad, officers said.

Arif and his brother Farman Ali were arrested for eating human corpses in the same village in April 2011 and served two years in prison, in a case that shocked Pakistan.

“Arif has been arrested and he has confessed that his brother brought the dead body of the newborn from the nearby graveyard,” Ameer Abdullah, police chief of Bhakkar district where the village is located, told AFP.

“Arif told police that both of them later cooked the dead body and ate it.”

There is no specific law against cannibalism in Pakistan’s penal code, so as in the 2011 case Arif has been charged with desecrating a dead body and public order offences.

In the earlier case police found the body of a 24-year-old woman who had recently died of cancer at the men’s house — minus a leg, which they had eaten.

A hunt is under way to find Ali, Abdullah said, while Arif will undergo psychiatric tests.

Zafar Iqbal, a police official in Darya Khan police station, where Arif is being held, told AFP that the men’s wives and family members had left them some years ago and both were living in the house in isolation.

Pakistani man arrested for cannibalism allegedly ate newborn baby. The Raw Story/Agence France-Presse, 4/14/2014.

World Gone Bad: 74-Year-Old Politician Says Fatal Gang Rape Was Just a “Mistake”

During a rally in the state of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, Mulayam Singh Yadav said his Samajwadi Party would try to change the law on punishments for rapists after India’s ongoing elections as he spoke out in defence of three men who have been sentenced to death for repeat sexual assaults.

“Three poor fellows have been sentenced to death. Should rape cases lead to hanging?” said the 74-year-old Yadav, whose party governs the electorally crucial state of Uttar Pradesh.

Yes. Rape should also not have to be fatal to be prosecuted or result in a strong penalty. If you treated someone’s house or pet like these gang rapists treated their victim, you’d be happy to get a few decades of prison time.

They are boys, they make mistakes,” he added in reference to the three who were sentenced to death by a court in Mumbai last week after they were convicted of taking part in two gang-rapes at the same place.

Rape is not a “mistake.” A person cannot be “accidentally” raped. No one can be or is an “accidental” gang rapist. Rape is an intentional crime of violation and humiliation and is a purposeful, terroristic proclamation to that specific woman and all women that at any time they can be, if they step out of “line,” degraded personally, politically, legally, morally.

Yadav’s remarks sparked a backlash on social media where #backingrapists and ‘Mulayam Singh’ were top trending topics on Twitter.

Good. But then he digs his disgusting hole deeper:

That anger was fuelled by rambling comments from the party’s leader in the state of Maharashtra who appeared to call for rape victims to be hanged along with their attackers on the grounds that they had extra-marital sex.

World. Gone. Bad.

Indian party leader expresses sympathy for three men who gang-raped student to death. The Raw Story, 4/11/2014.

World Gone Bad: Market Fight Leaves 4 Stabbed to Death, 1 Shot to Death by Police

But reports from Changsha indicate it stemmed from a dispute that erupted between two food sellers.

The knife fight left one of them dead, police in Changsha said in an online statement. The other fled and hacked at four more people while on the run before he was shot dead by police, police said.

Two of the four people died at the scene and the other two died in a hospital, police said.

Five people hacked to death after knife fight in China, suspect shot by cops. NY Daily News, 3/14/2014.

World Gone Bad: Armed with Knives, Uniformed Men Attack Train Station, Kill 27

A group of knife-wielding men attacked a train station in southwestern China on Saturday, leaving at least 27 people dead and another 109 injured, the official Xinhua News Agency said, making it one of the deadliest attacks in China in recent years.

Xinhua did not provide more details about the evening attack at the Kunming Railway Station in Yunnan province, or identify the attackers. Kunming city police said they did not have any immediate information to release about the attack.

Local television station K6 said that several of the attackers were shot by police and that victims were being transported to local hospitals.

The state-run Yunnan News said that the men were wearing uniforms when they stormed the railway station and that gunshots were heard after police responded.

Photos circulating online showed scattered luggage and bodies lying on the floor in blood.

China Knife Attack Kills Dozens: Report. The World Post/HuffPo, 3/1/2014.

World Gone Bad: Man Beats to Death Son at Cricket Training, Killed by Police

In front of multiple witnesses, including the mother.

A community was in shock Thursday after a man killed his 11-year-old son at a cricket training session before being shot dead by police in front of bystanders, including children.

The boy was fatally beaten just after he finished training with his junior cricket team on Wednesday evening, suffering significant head injuries at the Tyabb oval on the Mornington Peninsula, some 100 kilometres (60 miles) southeast of Melbourne.

He died at the scene with police arriving to find the father, 54, armed with a knife. When capsicum, or pepper spray failed to subdue him, he was shot once in the chest.

The man was airlifted to hospital but died early Thursday, leaving a traumatised wife and mother who was at the cricket oval when the attack took place.

“I confirm that the male shot by police is the father of the child who is deceased and we’re not looking for anyone else,” police commander Doug Fryer told reporters.

… He added: “We’re just putting the pieces together still.”

Reports said the father was estranged from his wife and a custody battle was underway.

…“I can’t go into the specifics and what culminated to cause the death of the young man or even the events leading up to the shooting of the father. I can say the homicide squad are here, taking primacy of the investigation.”

… Tyabb is a small community of just 3,300 people and the events had left it devastated, Fryer added.

Australian man beats 11-year-old son to death before being shot and killed by cops. The Raw Story, 2/12/2014.

World Gone Bad: Teen Crucified, Tortured in Alleged Exorcism Led by Ex-Boyfriend

Three men and one woman appeared in a court in France accused of torture after the 19-year-old victim was found at a housing estate in Grigny, in the southern suburbs of Paris.

She was emaciated, dehydrated, had been beaten and was in a state of shock, AFP reports.

The four accused allegedly tied up the woman, known only as Antoinette, in the position of Christ on the cross. She was kept bound to a mattress for seven days.

One of the men on trial is the woman’s former boyfriend, Eric Deron, who is believed to have instigated the assault. Prosecutors say he had delusions of being a prophet on a divine mission.

…The church, a US-based Protestant Christian denomination that has millions of followers worldwide, said it had expelled the four accused in 2010. It said it does not condone exorcisms of this kind, nor is it justified in any of its teachings.

France: Former Seventh Day Adventist Members Crucify Teenager in Week-Long Exorcism. International Business Times, 10/8/2013.

World Gone Bad: “Diana the hunter of bus drivers”

Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. Only 2 deaths but still….

A woman wearing a blond wig – or dyed hair – boarded one of the school bus-style vehicles that serve as transport in Ciudad Juarez on Wednesday morning. She approached the driver, took out a pistol, shot him in the head and left the bus. The next day, apparently the same woman did exactly the same thing to another driver on the same route.

Over the weekend, media outlets began receiving emails from the address “Diana the hunter of bus drivers.”

“I myself and other women have suffered in silence but we can’t stay quiet anymore,” the email said. “We were victims of sexual violence by the drivers on the night shift on the routes to the maquilas,” a reference to the border assembly plants that employ many residents in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas. “I am the instrument of vengeance for several women.”

The newspaper Diario de Juarez reported that a witness quoted the killer as telling the second victim, “You guys think you’re real bad, don’t you?” before shooting him.

Authorities have not verified the authenticity of the email, or of a Facebook page set up under a similar name Aug. 31.

…Many of the women murdered during a string of more than 100 eerily similar women’s killings in Ciudad Juarez in the 1990s and early 2000s disappeared after boarding buses. Their bodies were often found weeks or months later, raped, strangled and dumped in the desert or vacant lots.

Several bus drivers were arrested in connection with those killings, but the cases against them always appeared weak, or their confessions coerced. One driver had his conviction overturned, and his co-defendant, another bus driver, died in prison before sentencing.

Mexico Probes Possible Female Vengeance Killer. HuffPo Crime, 9/3/2013.

World Gone Bad: Judge Calls 13-Year-Old Girl “sexual predator” Who “egg[ed] on” 41-Year-Old Man

Judge Nigel Peters told Neil Wilson, 41, who pleaded guilty to the abuse, he had also taken account the fact the child looked older.

Wilson lured the teenager to his home in Romford, Essex, where he watched her strip out of her school uniform before she performed a sex act on him.

The abuse did not come to light until the girl confided in a friend who then told police.

During a search of Wilson’s home officers also uncovered a stash of images and videos depicting child abuse and bestiality.

He admitted a string of charges but was handed a suspended sentence at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

…Judge Peters told him: ‘You have come as close to prison as is imaginable.

‘I have taken in to account that even though the girl was 13, the prosecution say she looked and behaved a little bit older.

‘You knew she was not nearly 16 as she said and your plea of guilty recognises that you knew.

‘Allowing her to visit your home is something we have to clamp down on and in normal circumstances that would mean a significant term in prison.

‘On these facts, the girl was predatory and was egging you on.

‘That is no defence when dealing with children but I am prepared to impose a suspension.’

Would this judge and the prosecution have made the same argument if the 13-year old in question were one of their daughters?

I hope none of them have female children. Ever.

Paedophile spared jail because his 13-year-old victim looked older and was a sexual ‘predator and was egging him on.’ Daily Mail [UK], 8/5/2013.

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