Spain: More than 30,000 people protest against Pamplona gang rape

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 29, 2018, 04.48 PM(IST)

Protestors march behind a banner and chanting 'long live the feminist fight'. Photograph:( Reuters )

Thousands of people of conitnued protests for the third consecutive day in Pamplona, Spain against the gang rape accused sentence by the court.

According to reports at least 35,000 people marched in streets as they raised slogans like "it's not sexual abuse, it's rape''. The police informed media that the protests remain peaceful.

In 2016 during the Spain's famous bull running festival five men allegedly gang-raped an 18 year-old woman. However the court has setenced them for sexual abuse which is a lesser offence under Spanish law than the gang rape. 

They also shot a video of the incident and posted on their whatsapp group name 'La manda' an english translation is "the wolf pack".

On Thursday the court of Navarre region in Spain setenced all five accused to nine years in prison for ''a continued crime of sexual abuse'' promoting massive protests across the country including Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Pamplona and Alicante.

According to a report by the Spain's daily prosecutors had sought 22 years of sentence for each accused with more serious charges.

The public outcry has also led spain's government to consider changes in their rape law.

The sexual abuse laws of Spain are much lighter in nature as they do not inlcude violence or intimidation.

For a person to be accused of rape, an evidence of violence or intimdation must exist for the offence to be proved prompting a painful debate of how much victim should fight with out getting killed and still get recognised as victim.

However, media reports say that the video which was found in accused phone the victim is seen protesting mildly as she felt trapped and was afraid.

The demonstrators has called the court's verdict a stepback for women's security.

A petition seeking disqualification of the judges who ruled the decision is also circulating online and has gathered 102 million signatures so far.

The victim is said to appeal further in the case.