No Right Turn makes some good comments on the rugby rape case – I agree absolutely that those responsible should be prosecuted.
(Wife says “Kick them out of Rugby for life, that’s going to hurt the most. Then throw them in jail.”)
But I’d like to comment on this.
However, I have noticed a curious double standard in regard to the latter. A couple of years ago, there were screams of outrage and calls for obstruction of justice charges to be laid when the parents of the Kahui twins refused to talk to the police about their children’s’ deaths. There have been no similar screams in this case. Has the New Zealand public finally recognised the value of the right to silence? Or is it simply because the alleged offenders in this case are rugby players?
I can think of several reasons.
- Yes, many people have recognized the right to silence through the debate on the Kahui case.
- The Kahui case was a very public crime, most details were available. In the rugby rape case, we know almost nothing, even that the crime is a rape is not completely certain.
- The Kahui twins were beaten by those with a duty to care for them – indeed, a legal obgliation. They could not avoid what happened to them. I have heard no charges that women were kidnapped – they entered the hotel freely.
We possibly do let rugby players get a free ride in this country. I really dislike some of the “old boys club” attitudes that exist amongst the rugby fraternity. These men should not have been bringing women back to their hotels for immoral acts, willing or not. But there are many reasons outside that for people not getting as upset as they did over the Kahui twins’ brutal murder.