Kyrgyzstan: Rape Trial Spotlights Women’s Plight

Women in Kyrgyzstan rarely report marital rape, though statistics indicate 92 percent of rapes happen at the hands of a partner or former partner. (Photo: Dean Cox.)

Allegations that a member of Kyrgyzstan's KGB-successor agency organized the brutal rape of his wife have outraged women’s rights activists in Bishkek. But what rights defenders call an ordinary crime is having an extraordinary effect because of the victim’s response: she pressed charges.

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David Trilling is EurasiaNet’'s Central Asia editor.

Kyrgyzstan: Rape Trial Spotlights Women’s Plight

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