hartoum / Wad Madani — Angry demonstrators took to the streets of the Sudanese capital of Khartoum and elsewhere in the country on Tuesday, following the alleged gang-rape of a 19-year-old woman by members of the regular forces in the evening after the March 14 March of the Millions on Monday.
Members of resistance committees active in the neighbourhoods of Khartoum rallied on Tuesday afternoon under the slogan “What’s wrong with you?”. A number of resistance committees and women organizations issued angry statements condemning the alleged rape.
Tahani Abbas, Secretary-General of the No Oppression of Women Initiative, expressed in an interview with the Sudan Today program on Radio Dabanga her shock at the alleged gang rape of a 19-year-old young woman in Kubri El Mesalmiya, after passengers were disembarked from a bus. Two other young women were allegedly also pursued.
Abbas pointed to the increase in rape crimes committed by government forces after the coup on October 25 last year. She emphasised that rape crimes are documented and that investigation committees are used to buy time.
Medical sources reported that the victim is being treated in hospital after she was alternately raped by five policemen, and her bag and mobile phone stolen. Activists pointed to the fact that the various government forces often cannot be distinguished anymore, as many use uniforms and vehicles of other forces. “Often you see a pickup truck with uniformed men and men dressed in civilian clothes together.”
On Tuesday, the resistance committees in Khartoum organized a massive procession toward the Republican Palace under the slogan “They won’t break you” to denounce the alleged rape.
Government forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and birdshot at the demonstrators, who arrived at the Sharwani bus station near El Gasr Street, from the Bashdar crossing in El Diyoum El Shargiya.
In a field report, the Socialist Doctors’ Association stated that 26 people were injured during the procession by birdshot, rubber bullets, tear gas, and run over by vehicles, including serious injuries. A number of vigils were held in various neighbourhoods of Khartoum to condemn the rape.