A group of around 40 protestors swept and scrubbed outside the entrance of the Supreme Court of Iceland on Monday morning in objection to the court’s ruling that inserting fingers into the vagina and rectum of a woman is not sexual offense.
The Supreme Court of Iceland. Photo: Páll Kjartansson/Iceland Review
This was the view of the majority of Supreme Court’s judges. The only female judge disagreed, handing in a dissenting opinion, ruv.is reports.
The protestors reasoned that the Supreme Court was giving a bad example in reasoning that an act of violence that doesn’t satisfy the perpetrator sexually is not sexual offense, even though the victim’s sexual autonomy is being violated.
One of the protestors, Sigríður Kristinsdóttir, was scrubbing the handrail when approached by RÚV’s news team.
“It’s necessary to clean up their dirt. The dirt is real,” Sigríður commented. “We also have to clean for the future of this country. For both boys and girls. This has to be corrected. The laws have to be amended if this is considered all right.”
Police officers came to the demonstration to examine graffiti, which had been sprayed on the Supreme Court’s walls during the night, and talk with protestors but did not intervene.
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