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Spain: ‘Did you try closing your legs', woman judge asks rape victim

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Mar 10, 2016, 1:48 pm IST
Updated Mar 10, 2016, 2:50 pm IST
Judge Maria did not allow the victim to speak, while asking her offensive questions.
The victim had filed a complaint at the Vitoria police station. She said that a man had repeatedly abused and raped her. (Representational Image)
 The victim had filed a complaint at the Vitoria police station. She said that a man had repeatedly abused and raped her. (Representational Image)

Violating the dignity of a woman, a judge in Spain's Basque Country has been accused of asking derogatory questions to a rape victim, according to a report in the Independent.

A campaign has been rolled out for the suspension of Maria del Carmen Molina Mansilla, the woman judge who allegedly asked a rape victim whether she had tried 'closing her legs' while getting raped and abused.

 

"Did you try closing your legs and other female organs," Judge Maria was quoted as saying while questioning the victim.

Clara Camoamor Association, a campaigning group for the victims of gender bias, claimed that the judge's questions clearly stated her gender bias as well as her disbelief towards the victim's testimony.

The association also claimed the judge did not allow the victim to speak, while asking her offensive questions.

The victim filed a complaint at the Vitoria police station. She said a man had repeatedly abused and raped her. When the complainant gave a statement to the police, the judge asked her if she had tried to stop the rapist.

 

The association fighting for the suspension of the judge has claimed that this was not the first incident when the judge had made abusive and offensive remarks about victims of physical and sexual abuse.

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