The gang rape and subsequent murder of a teenage girl shocks Somalia

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Last week, a 19-year-old girl was allegedly raped by 11 men who subsequently killed her by throwing her out of a window in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. Four men were arrested last Wednesday, as reported by the BBC.

The event has shocked a country plagued by war and misrule for three decades and in which an increase in sexual violence against women and women is being experienced. has unleashed a wave of unusual protests led by women.

The young woman, Hamdi Mohamed, was a student who was invited to the place of her murder by an acquaintance, where the group of men who would have committed the rape was waiting for her and would have later thrown her from a sixth floor, according to reports the British newspaper Daily Mail.

This case comes a few days after another 16-year-old teenager was kidnapped, raped and tortured for several hours, later found gagged in Garowe, the capital of one of the semi-autonomous regions located within the borders of the failed Somali state.

Both cases have led hundreds of women to protest in the streets of the country in recent days, demanding justice, while Hamdi’s family has demanded that the case be fully investigated and do not go unpunished, as has happened in the past with similar events.

The Somali federal parliament had previously rejected the passage of a law against sexual violence, which was designed to protect women from sexist violence.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said about the case that she was “alarmed” by a “Increase in information on sexual violence against women, girls and boys who were minimally investigated ”.

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