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NEPAL

Pair jailed for raping orphans

A Kathmandu court has jailed two men who worked at a prominent orphanage for repeatedly raping three autistic girls in their care, an official said on Tuesday. A judge at the capital’s district court found the pair guilty of rape on Monday in a fast-track ruling. “Justice Pashupati Acharya has sentenced Rabin Shrestha and Rabin Chalise to 16-and-a-half years of imprisonment each,” court spokesman Shree Prasad Sanjel said. “He also ordered both of them to give 100,000 rupees (US$1,000) as compensation to each of the victims.” Shrestha, 43, worked as head of adoptions at Bal Mandir orphanage, where Chalise volunteered as a fund-raiser. The girls, aged 13, 14 and 15, complained to a rights group, which alerted police in June. The defendants’ lawyer, Ganesh Adhikari, said he is to appeal.

CHINA

Plan to film teachers panned

A plan by Guizhou Province’s education department to install CCTV cameras in university classrooms have come under fire from lawyers, who say the move will curb academic freedom, state-run media said yesterday. Guizhou has declared that all higher education institutions should set up cameras to “monitor teachers,” the Global Times reported. Four local lawyers called for an explanation and are demanding that the department “justify its move,” saying they will consider legal action if it does not do so, the report said. Guizhou University professor An Heping told the Global Times that “teachers should have nothing to fear if they say the right thing.”

JAPAN

Vagina kayak artist arrested

An artist who made a kayak modelled on her vagina was arrested yesterday, police said, sparking accusations of censorship. Megumi Igarashi was arrested in July for trying to raise funds online to pay for the construction of the kayak using a 3D printer. She was released days later following a legal appeal and after thousands of people signed a petition demanding her freedom. However, she was rearrested yesterday on suspicion of sending a link “that shows her plan to create a boat using three-dimensional obscene data to a large number of people,” a Tokyo police spokeswoman said. Igarashi “tried to have those people who were willing to finance her plan download the 3D obscene data” in October last year, the spokeswoman said. Igarashi also allegedly sold CD-ROMS containing similar data at a May exhibition in Tokyo. “I don’t believe my vagina is anything obscene,” Igarashi said in a July press conference after her release.

UAE

American stabbed to death

Abu Dhabi police are investigating the death of a US woman stabbed in a shopping center bathroom by a suspect wearing a Muslim veil, official media reported yesterday. The motive for Monday’s attack in Boutik Mall was unclear. Witnesses said the 37-year-old American, who worked at a nursery school, was stabbed by a person wearing a black robe, black gloves and a hijab. “The victim was stabbed with a sharp object following an argument in the ladies toilets,” the head of Abu Dhabi’s police criminal investigations department, Colonel Rashid Bourscheid, was quoted as saying by the National daily. The American died after being taken to hospital. The stabbing took place the same day that a recording attributed to Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani urged Muslims to attack Westerners by any means. The United Arab Emirates is part of a US-led coalition against the extremist group.

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