Pro-rape group cancels meetups

  • 05/02/2016
Daryush "Roosh" Valizadeh (Wikipedia)
Daryush "Roosh" Valizadeh (Wikipedia)

A planned New Zealand meetup of a neo-masculine group, whose leader advocates "legal rape", has been cancelled amid safety concerns.

The group Return of Kings -- which believes women should be controlled by men -- instructed members to meet in 44 centres around the world including New Zealand on February 6.

Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin were listed as meetup locations.

However a global backlash has seen the group's American leader Daryush "Roosh" Valizadeh, who reportedly believes rape should be legalised on private property, cancel the event.

In a notice on the group's website, Mr Valizadeh said he could no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of men who wanted to attend the meetup.

Men could still meet in private groups, but the official location listings had been removed from the website, he said.

"I apologise to all the supporters who are let down by my decision."

The group's intention to meet in New Zealand drew anger from anti-rape advocates and politicians.

Labour MP Kelvin Davis said the group had the "collective IQ of your average garden gnome".

On Return of Kings' website, a list of beliefs includes a woman's value depends on her fertility and beauty, and their emancipation has destroyed the family unit.