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Penis fire-accused to answer charge

A jealous wife who allegedly set her husband’s penis on fire will answer a murder charge in January. Rajini Narayan, 44, appeared briefly in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Friday charged with murder, arson and endangering life. The mother of three allegedly set fire to the genitals of her husband, Satish Narayan, in December last year. Mr Narayan suffered major burns and died several weeks later. The fire also gutted the family’s suburban Unley home leaving a damage bill of about $1 million. A previous court hearing heard Narayan had told neighbours: “I’m a jealous wife, his penis should belong to me. I just wanted to burn his penis so it belongs to me and no one else ... I didn’t mean this to happen.” In court on Friday, defence counsel Lindy Powell, QC, asked for a delay in the date for her client to answer the charge as discussions were still under way with the prosecution. Magistrate Alf Grasso set down January 22 for Narayan’s next appearance. Bail was continued.


Secret Lives of Women: Husband Beaters (USA)

In America, the term "Domestic Abuse" is typically associated with a victimized woman mercilessly beaten by an overbearing ogre of a husband. The fact is however, that more than a third of all DA cases feature males as victims, and even that number is considered low due to the relatively low reporting of these cases by men who are ashamed and afraid to do so. The stories in SLOW: Husband Beaters will provide an inside look at Domestic Abuse done to men from a variety of perspectives and shed light on a very dark and violent corner of America.

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Anti-violence campaign hails attitude shift on violence against males

Media release from the One in Three Campaign.

More than twice as many people now think women are just as likely to commit domestic violence as men. Over the past fourteen years, the number has risen from 9 to 22 percent of the population and a further 46 percent now accept women also commit acts of domestic violence, although this group still believes men commit the majority of abuse. The findings come from a survey of more than 10,000 Australians commissioned by the Federal Government and released last week by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to mark White Ribbon Day. The survey also found that 38 per cent of males and 46 per cent of females thought the level of fear experienced by domestic violence victims was the same for males and females. One in Three Campaign spokesperson Greg Andresen said he was very pleased to see that Australian community beliefs about violence were falling into line with the research statistics on the issue.

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Moshtix encourages domestic violence against men

Today's email newsletter from Moshtix (an electronic ticketing company) contained the following offensive and violence-supportive paragraph:

“We heart Tiger Woods' wife, yes we do. Not only is she one hot Norwegian birdie, she's also the only person who can beat her husband with a golf club. So if you're into clubbing as much as Mrs Woods is, check out Moshy's picks this week and find yourself a good party to crash.”


Report dispels link between domestic violence and murder

It is a myth that most domestic murderers are known to authorities, with 74 per cent of them having no contact with police for violent incidents in the year before they kill and 48 per cent no contact for five years prior. Even fewer victims - only 10 per cent - were involved in a recorded incident of domestic violence with their eventual killer in the year before their death, a Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research report says.

The bureau's director, Dr Don Weatherburn, said the findings made it difficult for authorities to prevent murders in the home, which are the most common killings in Australia. "The policy problem for government is whether to raise the protection standard for all victims of domestic violence or raise protection for a specific sub-group. I've got my doubts about the effectiveness of the latter approach."

The report also suggests that recent powers given to the NSW coroner to investigate all domestic violence-related deaths could be fruitless.

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