As the authorities take restrictive measures to try to get the coronavirus epidemic under control, NGOs are warning that behind the scenes of the evolving health crisis thousands of people could be experiencing their own private hell: the victims of domestic violence who are now trapped at home with an abuser 24 hours a day.
The trust of the Czech public in the nation's army and police force is
at its highest since 1997 when the data began to be collected, according to
a STEM polling agency survey conducted in March.
Some 78 percent of Czechs trust their armed forces, which regularly rank among the country's most trusted institutions. The same ratio of the public expressed their trust in the police this year, the highest score in public opinion for the institution thus far.
The Czech National Bank also ranked high with 72 percent of respondents saying they trust the country's leading financial institution.
More than half of the population, 56 percent to be exact said they trust President Miloš Zeman. Meanwhile the Chamber of Deputies, the government and the Senate ranked in the mid-40s as far as trust was concerned.
As the Czech Republic continues its struggle to contain the growing number of coronavirus infections, some have pointed to the risks associated with the thousands of drug users and homeless people living on the streets. These may not only be at high risk from the virus, but, if not isolated, could help spread COVID-19 virus in their towns and cities.
How do Czechs feel about #MeToo, the movement against sexual harassment and assault which has brought related crimes into international public discourse in recent years? And how open is Czech society towards victims who decide to come out with their stories? That is what we will explore in this part of Radio Prague International’s series focusing on the issues Czech women face today.
Exactly 70 years ago, three former RAF pilots staged the greatest air escape in Czechoslovak history. Defying strict Communist security measures, they flew themselves, their families and a score of unsuspecting miners into West Germany. Their success brought them freedom, but also hastened the crackdown on any former RAF pilots remaining in Czechoslovakia.
Czech police have arrested a 41-year-old man suspected of secretly cutting
and collecting strands of women’s’ hair in Prague’s trams. The man
was caught on Prague 4’s Budějovická street with scissors and hair
strands on him.
He has since admitted that he did commit the acts, some 25 in total, and has given other hair strands that he kept at home over to the police.
Police spokeswoman Hana Křížová says he gave no rational explanation for why he cut the hair. He could face up to two years in jail for disorderly conduct.
This Tuesday is “Safer Internet Day”, part of an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project launched in 2004 to raise awareness of threats posed to children online. In the Czech Republic, police have noted a significant rise in cybercrime in recent years, with children increasingly falling victim to bullying and online predators.
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