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56 women raped, 10 jailed in Congo

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  • 20 January, 2022 15:27:41

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International Desk: Prisoners rape 56 women in prisons in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A court in the country has sentenced 10 people to 15 years in prison.

It is learned that in September 2020, the prisoners revolted at the Kasapa prison in Lubumbashi. At that time, the rebels broke the cell of women prisoners and raped 56 people. The revolt lasted for three days. Qatar-based Al-Jazeera reported on Thursday (January 20th).

Lawyers for the victims said HIV had been identified in three of the rape victims. Moreover, 17 people have become pregnant.

Haute-Katanga security officer Lt. Peter Entangalo said the court found 10 people guilty of raping more than 30 women. During the uprising in September 2020, they broke into a cell and raped female prisoners.

Court prosecutors demanded 20 years in prison for the perpetrators. However, a lawyer said, "We are satisfied with the verdict." After a long struggle we got this justice.

On the other hand, the lawyer of the accused party said, we will appeal against this verdict. He also said that the incident took place due to the bad environment of the jail. Prison revolts often occur in many African countries, including Congo.

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