Global rape epidemic discussed on Al Jazeera


Coinciding with International Women’s Day on 8 March 2013, Redi Tlhabi, host of Al Jazeera’s new global talk show South 2 North, discusses the global rape epidemic with Professor Ratna Kapur, Professor Farid Esack and Dr Amelia Kleijn.

In December 2012, 23-year-old medical student Jyoti Pandey was gang raped and savagely beaten on a bus in Delhi, India. She subsequently died from her injuries.

 Making national and international headlines, the February 2013 brutal gang rape of 17-year-old Anene Booysen occurred in the Western Cape in South Africa. Booysen was left for dead with her intestines lying next to her body. She too died. 

Last week, an official report in the UK revealed that a London police sex crime unit pressured a woman to drop a rape claim against a man who then went on to murder his two children.

Rape knows no boundaries and doesn’t discriminate on grounds of wealth, race or religion.

On South 2 North this week, Tlhabi asks how we begin to understand and stop this global epidemic of sexual violence.

Tlhabi is also a radio presenter on 567 CapeTalk and 702 Talk Radio, two stations who interrupted their broadcasts on 8 February 2013 with a beep every four minutes, to remind listeners of the rate at which rape occurs in South Africa.

During the television programme, Tlhabi will speak to Professor Kapur, Professor of Law at Jindal Global Law School in Delhi, who also works as a Senior Gender Advisor in Nepal; Dr Kleijn, a social worker in South Africa; and Professor Esack, head of The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Johannesburg.

This week’s episode of South 2 North premieres at 19h30 GMT on Friday 8 March and repeats on Saturday 9 March at 14h30, Sunday 10 March at 04h30 and Monday 11 March at 08h30.

For more information, visit where all episodes are available to watch online.

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