The odd men who had come to the party were expecting a dancing boy, or bacha bereesh. Some were drinking while others were smoking hashish in open windows, looking down into the street of the middle-class Kabul district of Karte-Char as they anticipated the boy's arrival. The year-old Hazara youth was known as "the Chinoise" for his striking oriental features. Many had seen him dance at other parties. He was the jealously guarded "property" of a wealthy Kabul businessman who had promised to bring him around later in the evening.
Sex offender sentencing adjourned as prison in Covid lockdown
By Ban Barkawi , Rachel Savage. Others criticised the relaxation of the law in conservative Sudan, where a transitional government has promised to lead the country to democracy after the toppling last year of autocrat Omar al-Bashir, who had been in power since Same-sex relations are criminalised in most of Africa and the Middle East. The punishments have been reduced to prison terms, ranging from five years to life. The legal amendment was part of several reforms announced by the justice minister on Saturday, including plans to decriminalise apostasy - the abandonment of a religion - and to permit non-Muslims to consume alcohol. Sudan will also ban female genital mutilation, which typically involves the partial or total removal of the external genitalia of girls and women, and allow women to travel with their children without a permit from a male relative, he said. Sultan said the government was discreet about dropping the death penalty for gay sex and its amendment document did not detail what Article - the sodomy law - was about.
The Pride parade in London is taking place on Saturday 6 July. Pride has been celebrated all over the world over the last few weeks. Two years ago in the UK, the Pride celebrations were particularly significant as marked the year anniversary since it stopped being illegal for two men to be in a relationship in England and Wales.
Prison can be a menacing place for child molesters like the former Roman Catholic priest John Geoghan, who was killed in his cell Saturday — or for other alleged pedophile priests working their way through the criminal justice system. Though prison officials in some Northeastern states question the idea of an automatic social hierarchy among prisoners based solely upon their offenses, most agree that if there is one, child molesters and informants — derided as "snitches" — occupy the lowest rungs. Such offenders, including Geoghan, often are placed into protective custody with other prisoners seen to be under a threat. If they do talk, "they'll get beat up," Lewis added.