Sex between an asylum seeker and a 10-year-old girl didn’t constitute rape: Finnish Court
If you think that India is the only country which is suffering from the problem of lack of implementation of rules and regulations, you were wrong. There’s another country with a similar story in the Northern Europe bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia known as Finland. The Nordic countries are often praised for their achievements in Gender Equality yet Finland is the second most violent country in European Union for sexual crime against women. In the year 2012, around 47 % of women revealed their experiences of sexual violence since the age of 15.
In the autumn of 2016, a 10-year old girl became a victim of sexual crime by an asylum seeker in the city of Tampere in the southern Pirkanmaa region. The man had sexual intercourse with a girl, who was 10-years old at the time, in the yard of a deserted apartment block. He also exchanged sexually charged messages with her.
Although, the district and appeal court convicted the asylum seeker of aggravated sexual abuse and handed him a three-year prison sentence in 2017 but didn’t recognize the incident as rape, saying the girl wasn’t forced into it. Apart from all that, judges also ordered the man to pay the child $3,600. The decision not only fueled ferocious debates across the European boundaries but also across the different parts of Globe.