Swift Arrest Made in Indian Rape Case
Police in Mumbai have arrested at least one suspect in last night’s rape and assault of two journalists. According to Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh, “There were five men in total, though it is as yet unclear whether they were all involved in raping the girl.” The group of men accosted a female and male journalist as they worked documenting the defunct Shakti Mills. Singh went on, “They tied the hands of her colleague using a belt and they hit him with a belt, but he was not severely injured.”
Yesterday’s attack undercuts the commonly held belief that Mumbai was a safe place for women in a country that has been racked by a number of high-profile rapes this year. A fatal kidnapping and rape in December brought tens of thousands of Indians into the street, demanding stiffer penalties for sexual assault. In March, the Indian parliament passed a number of laws which will see the perpetrators of yesterday’s rape subjected to the possibility of life imprisonment. India’s Law Minister Kapil Sibal, has taken a strong stance against sexual assault saying, “this country cannot afford to have our women and children insecure in the hands of those who attack them.”
Honduras to Raise Anti-Narco Trafficking Police Force
The Honduran government has approved the creation of a new militarized police force dedicated to curbing the influence of international narco-cartels. Some 5,000 new officers will be pressed into combat against cartel agents which use the small central american country as a conduit to transport cocaine from South America to lucrative markets in Europe and the United Sates. Honduran Security Minister Arturo Corrales said, “Violence is in every neighborhood and every town and it needs to be confronted.”
Two years ago, in an effort to reduce police corruption, the Honduran military was given law enforcement responsibilities, despite a problematic history with civil rights. If today’s law is signed by the Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa, it will be in lock step with efforts by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who is also looking to reduce his army’s role in policing his country, in favor of creating a militarized police force.
Rim Fire Causes State of Emergency
More than 2,000 people have marshaled to combat the blaze but rough terrain has hampered their efforts. The fire, which at 63,000 acres is already twice the size of San Fransisco, remains only two percent contained and is still growing. The Rim fire crossed into Yosemite last night, and has begun to threaten the community of Pine Mountain Lake.
Car Bombing in Tripoli
A brace of car bombs ripped through the Tripoli in northern Lebanon, just after prayer today. Hundreds were injured and at least 42 people were killed. The bombings, which targeted two Sunni mosques, may represent an escalation in a simmering conflict brought to the fore by ongoing sectarian clashes in nearby Syria and Iraq. Last week, the Shiite group Hezbollah was hit by a smaller bombing in their bastion of south Beirut. Hezbollah has denied responsibility for today’s bombing.
Weekend Read: Taken
Seven year old Maria Ridulph was kidnapped in Sycamore, Illinois early in December of 1957. Last year a man was convicted in the 55-year-old case; despite dubious evidence, capricious witnesses, and a staggering passage of time. Ann O’Neil digs into the coldest case ever closed for CNN Interactive.