What’s Current: Supporters of guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh flood street in violent protest after rape conviction

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Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in Shimla.

In India, guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted of two counts of rape. Immediately afterward, his followers swarmed the streets in the city of Panchkula in violent protest. 30 people have been confirmed dead.

In a new study released by the Korean Institute of Criminology, nearly 80 percent of the two thousand men surveyed admitted to abusing their girlfriends.

In the US, federal prisons will now be required to provide free menstrual products to incarcerated women.

Three elderly brothers — Edwin Emery, 78, Thomas Emery, 79, and Charles Emery, 82 — were arrested in Seattle earlier this week after police found their home was “littered from floor to ceiling” with child pornography. In a news conference, the police captain said “It’s very clear that these three individuals had an obsession with young female children for most — if not all — of their lives.” He also confirmed that the brothers are being investigated for “child sexual abuse cases that stem back over decades.”

Lisa Steacy
Lisa Steacy

Lisa Steacy is an Assistant Editor at Feminist Current. She has a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. However, the women she met in her five years as a frontline worker and collective member with Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter deserve almost all of the credit for her feminist education. She lives in Vancouver with her partner and their cats.

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