1. Female genital mutilation
A Sydney father was charged yesterday with having his then nine-month-old baby daughter allegedly circumcised overseas.
NSW Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward has said that the practice is “more common than the reports would suggest”. She told the ABC that toughening the law on this crime was not an option.
For more on this read this post here. “Female Genital Mutilation in Australia”
2. Cowards punch victim
The family of 18-year-old Daniel Christie who is in a critical condition in St Vincent’s Hospital say their lives have been “irrevocably turned upside down” by the king hit which occurred on New Years Eve
In a statement released through police, the family said their greatest “hope and focus” is for Daniel’s full recovery.
Shaun McNeil, 25, was arrested shortly after the attack and is alleged to have also punched three other men.
“We don’t agree with the popular term “king hit”,” the family said.
“We have heard it referred to as a coward punch, which seems to be more appropriate.”
3. Calls for action
Calls today for the NSW Government to trial the Newcastle city model of tougher liquor licence restrictions.
Alex Wodak, the former director of the Alcohol and Drug Service at St Vincent’s Hospital said the government was coming up with “red herrings” to combat alcohol-fuelled violence, and ignoring a tried and tested solution.
4. Nigella speaks
Nigella Lawson has given her first interview since the trial of her former assistants.
She told Good Morning America that the experience was mortifying.
“But there are people going through an awful lot worse and to dwell on any of it would be self-pity and I don’t like to do that.”
She said at times she felt like she was on trial herself.
“It’s one of the monsters of the English legal system that you’re not allowed any counsel if you’re a witness. Maybe it will change.”
5. India gang-rape
Protestors have taken to the streets in Delhi saying that nothing has changed since the bus gang rape last year – after a teenage gang rape victim was set alight and died on New Years Day.
The 16-year old was gang raped in October by a group of six men. The group were arrested but on December 23 the victim, who was pregnant was set alight by two men.