Sunday, 29 April 2018

Cultural Relativism and Family Violence

It is interesting how people who do not support cultural diversity will come out in support of any cultural practice that supports their views. Often family violence is justified as part of a particular ethnic groups practice. I doubt if any intact culture believes it is acceptable to beat up family members.

The articles below make it clear that family violence affects everyone across a society.

I'm not his property': Abused Muslim women denied right to divorce
'Submit to your husbands': Women told to endure domestic violence in the name of God
Exposing the darkness within: Domestic violence and Islam
'Their cross to bear': The Catholic women told to forgive domestic violence
The secret scourge of family violence and murder in Australian Hindu and Sikh communities

Members of Parliament On line Anti-Sexual Harassment Course

In 2014 an online module was made available on sexual harassment for Federal Parliamentarians.  By the end of last year no Parliamentarian had taken the course. This information became public in response to questions on notice from a Senate Estimates Committee hearing in February this year.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Indian Death Penalty for Rape of Minors

Whilst not agreeing with the death penalty it is a relief to see the Indian Parliament starting to take the sexual abuse of children and adult women seriously.  There have been a number of outrageous situations where India politicians have come out in support of gang rapists.

Indian women have been campaigning and rallying since the 2012 fatal gang rape of a young student in New Delhi.  More power to the women.

Phillip John Murphy

Phillip John Murphy, a former Anglican Vicar, received a suspended sentence for using a carriage service to transmit child abuse material between 2016 and 2017.  Although accepting that Mr Murphy has been directed to attend a sex offender program and be of good behaviour it is not hard to understand why the prosecution thought that a jail sentence was appropriate.