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Rape row as 'new Marley' comes to UK

A bitter row has broken out over the imminent British tour of one of the world's most acclaimed reggae stars, recently released from prison after serving eight years for raping a woman at gunpoint.

Jah Cure Jah Cure, or Iyah Cure (real name Siccature Alcock) is a Jamaican reggae musician. He was born on October 11th, 1978 in Hanover, Jamaica and raised in Kingston. He was given the name Jah Cure by Capleton whom he met while growing up in Kingston. , the 29-year-old Jamaican Rastafarian who has been compared to Bob Marley, is drawing international attention for his heartfelt lyrics and melodies. His British tour this month is almost sold out and he is the subject of huge media attention in the US.

But women's rights The effort to secure equal rights for women and to remove gender discrimination from laws, institutions, and behavioral patterns.

The women's rights movement began in the nineteenth century with the demand by some women reformers for the right to vote, known as suffrage, and
 groups have expressed anger at the way that Cure - real name Siccature Alcock - has reassumed his celebrity status just months after being released.

The Voice, the newspaper for Britain's black community, received complaints after it carried adverts for the tour. Campaigner Paulette Coombs Coombs can refer to:
  • Coombs test, a test for the presence of antibodies or antigens
  • Coombs reagent, the reagent used in the Coombs test
  • Coombs' method, a type of voting designed by the psychologist Clyde Coombs
 has urged people to protest outside Cure's tour venues, while others have demanded he donates some of the millions of pounds he is expected to make from his music to rape victims' charities. 'He is able to move on with his life,' Coombs told the newspaper. 'Who cares about the young woman he raped?'

The victim, Suzanne Ferguson, who waived her anonymity to speak out after she heard Cure was due for release, told the Jamaican press last year: 'Every time there is a lot of publicity about Jah Cure, I have even more flashbacks.

'Sometimes I am so afraid to leave my house. It seems to me that entertainers are more valued than everybody else in Jamaica and, as a woman, I feel seriously undervalued Undervalued

A stock or other security that is trading below its true value.

Notes:
The difficulty is knowing what the "true" value actually is. Analysts will usually recommend an undervalued stock with a strong buy rating.
.' She has claimed she was offered money by Cure's supporters to retract TO RETRACT. To withdraw a proposition or offer before it has been accepted.
     2. This the party making it has a right to do is long as it has not been accepted; for no principle of law or equity can, under these circumstances, require him to persevere in it.
 her claims.

But other women's groups are reluctant to join the protest. 'Jah Cure was not convicted by a jury and there were serious doubts about his conviction,' said Cristel Amiss, coordinator of the Black Women's Rape Action Project, based in north London North London is a part of London, England which has several possible definitions. River & geography
The part of London north of the River Thames (illustrated).
. 'He has served eight years in prison. Those who call for a boycott of his tour are losing sight of the real issue, which is that only about 5.6 per cent of reported rapes result in a conviction. They are helping to perpetuate the myth of the rapist as a dark stranger.'

In interviews, Cure, who was released in the summer, says he wants to use his music as a form of rehabilitation rehabilitation: see physical therapy. . His new album True Reflections... A New Beginning was recorded behind bars.

'He's become such a conscious person, and all his lyrics are about peace and love,' a spokeswoman for his promoter told the Voice. 'Regardless of the hard times he's been through, he's seen it as God's will Noun 1. God's Will - the omnipotence of a divine being
omnipotence - the state of being omnipotent; having unlimited power
 and he's stronger for the experience.'

Cure has already been the target of hate campaigns. Two years ago, a Jamaican radio station stopped playing his music after it received death threats. After his conviction, however, there was a groundswell ground·swell  
n.
1. A sudden gathering of force, as of public opinion: a groundswell of antiwar sentiment.

2.
 of support for Cure, so called because he smokes large amounts of marijuana, which fellow reggae artists say makes him look well preserved or 'cured'.

Internet sites sprang up protesting his innocence and bearing the slogan 'Free Jah Cure'. A large number of reggae artists spoke out in his defence, with many suggesting that he was targeted by police for his Rastafarian beliefs.

Cure has declined to talk about the rape since his release, but his website insists that he wants his fans to know the two words most important to him are 'not guilty'. 'People can do their research, they know my side,' he told one interviewer.

Cure's supporters point out that no DNA evidence Among the many new tools that science has provided for the analysis of forensic evidence is the powerful and controversial analysis of deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, the material that makes up the genetic code of most organisms.  was obtained linking him to the crime. There are also concerns about the nature of his arrest: he was picked out by the victim on the street and was held without charge for a week.

At his trial. Ferguson told how she had memorised Cure's car licence plate licence plate n(placa de) matrícula , which enabled police to track him down. 'I was able to identify him because his voice was distinct. Anywhere I hear that voice, I will always remember it.'

Cure's tour promoter, Castro Brown, is no stranger to controversy. He has also promoted reggae singer Buju Banton Buju Banton (born Mark Anthony Myrie 1972 35 years of age) is a Jamaican dancehall, ragga, and reggae singer & producer. History
Buju Banton was born near Kingston, Jamaica in a poor neighborhood called Salt Lane.
, who has been attacked by gay rights groups. Banton's 1992 song, 'Boom Boom Bye', called for the murder of Batty Boys - Jamaican slang for gay men.

A rocky road

1978 Siccature Alcock (Jah Cure) born in Jamaica on 11 October.

1997 Recorded 'King of the Jungle'.

1999 Convicted of rape and sentenced to 19 years, later reduced to 15 on appeal.

2007 Released from jail on 28 July.

Between 1999 and 2007, he recorded and released three bestselling albums while in jail: a fourth album, True Reflections ... A New Beginning, is out now.
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