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Police denies sexual assault took place during protests

The police denial comes at a time when official bodies confirmed the documentation of many cases, among those bodies being the Unit for Combating Violence against Women at the Ministry of Social Development.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

The Sudanese police denied the occurrence of rape incidents during the protests that took place in the Sudanese capital after the October 25th coup, claiming it was all “baseless talk.”

The police’s denial comes at a time when official bodies confirmed the documentation of many cases of rape, specifically the Unit for Combating Violence against Women at the Ministry of Social Development.

The Director of the Family and Child Protection Police in Khartoum State, Issawi Qaidum Musa, told Al-Jarida newspaper published today, Monday, that the talk about the occurrence of rape cases was merely “WhatsApp rumors” that “they do not care about.”

The Director of the Family and Child Protection Police told Al-Jarida that it was impossible for the mentioned cases of rape – which have been documented in doctors’ records and the Ministry of Social Development –  to occur.

“How can someone, whoever they may be, simply hold a girl and rape her during the demonstrations?,” he said.

Qaidum denied receiving any criminal reports documenting cases of sexual assault against female demonstrators.

If it happened, it is likely that it took place after the processions ended and the demonstrators were on their way to their homes,” he continued.

The Director of the Unit for Combating Violence against Women at the Ministry of Social Development, Salima Ishaq, confirmed that 8 women –at least– were raped in the vicinity of the presidential palace, during the “December 19” demonstrations.

In previous statements made to AlTaghyeer, she said she believes that the number of raped women is greater than what was documented, and she explained that some victims had filed criminal reports.

She pointed out that her unit helps persuade the abused to receive medical care, encourage them to defend their rights, and report in preparation for the legal prosecution of the perpetrators and bringing them to justice.

The government official stressed on the need to raise awareness and change social concepts that help exempt the offender from punishment.

“If the case goes as required and the perpetrators are prosecuted, it will be a precedent that prevents this crime from recurring in the future,” she said.

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