• 15 year old rape victim convicted to arrest and 100 lashes

    “The sunny side of life”. Riiight.

    Well. Today seems to be the Islamic Cruelty Day Against Female Adolescents. First, the 14 year old lashed to death, now, 15 year old arrested and convicted to lashing for the crime of being raped:

    Her stepfather was accused of raping her and impregnating her before killing the baby.

    But here it gets weird.

    Zaima Nasheed, a spokesperson for the juvenile court, said the girl was also ordered to remain under house arrest at a children’s home for eight months.

    She defended the punishment, saying the girl had willingly committed an act outside of the law.

    Excuse me? How did she willfully violate the law if it was the stepfather who abused her?

    But in case anyone forgot how Merciful Allah was (as the Koran never gets tired of reminding us):

    Officials said she would receive the punishment when she turns 18, unless she requested it earlier.

    Yeah, in case she requests getting lashed tomorrow. I somehow am not familiar with the human desire for expeditious lashing.

    The legal system of the Maldives, an Islamic archipelago with a population of some 400,000, has elements of Islamic law (Sharia) as well as English common law.

    Those who keep demanding that we do not blame Islam for the acts of “extremists” may want to remember that these atrocities are not happening in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Neither Bangladesh nor Maldives have a reputation for being a hotbed of Taliban-style Islam.

     

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    • David Walsh

      “Prosecutors said her conviction did not relate to the rape case.”

      • Nope, i’m not convinced, i still think corporal punishment for religious “Crimes” is bad.

        • David Walsh

          Agreed. In fact, I think any form of punishment as a means of justice or deterrence is barbaric. I was quoting merely for the sake of clarity. Someone getting lashed is tragic enough without implying they are getting lashed because they were raped. Distorting the facts to sensationalize an already horrendous story is, in my view, distasteful.

          • Sorry, i wasn’t being very clear, i no-way thought you were trying to mitigate what these “things” did to this poor Girl & i share your contempt for them & their pitiless “religion”!