Rape and murder of woman in Algeria sparks outrage
TUNIS: The rape and murder in Algeria of a 19-year-old woman sparked cries for action on gender-based violence in the North African country and calls to bring back capital punishment. The body of the young woman, identified as Chaima, was found in early October at a deserted petrol station in Then, 80 km east of the capital Algiers. She had been beaten, raped, and burned alive, according to local media. The suspect, who has reportedly confessed, is being charged with “rape and voluntary homicide with premeditation and ambush, using torture.”Chaima’s mother said the man was an acquaintance of the family, against whom the young woman had previously pressed rape charges in 2016.