We’re all focused right now on Libya and budget battles at home, but this story from Bangladesh just broke my heart and outraged me — and offers a reminder of the daily human rights struggles of so many women and girls in villages around the world. A 14-year-old Bangladeshi girl, Hena,allegedly was ambushed when she went to an outdoor toilet, gagged, beaten and raped by an older man in her village (who was actually her cousin). They were caught by wife of the alleged rapist, and the wife then beat Hena up. An imam at a local mosque issued a fatwa saying that Hena was guilty of adultery and must be punished, and a village makeshift court sentenced Hena to 100 lashes in a public whipping.
Her last words were protestations of innocence. An excellent CNN blog post, based on interviews with family members, says that the parents “had no choice but to mind the imam’s order. They watched as the whip broke the skin of their youngest child and she fell unconscious to the ground.”
Hena collapsed after 70 lashes and was taken to the hospital. She died a week later, by some accounts because of internal bleeding and a general loss of blood. The doctors recorded her death as a suicide. (Women and girls who are raped are typically expected to commit suicide, to spare everyone the embarrassment of an honor crime.) I’ve covered enough of these kinds of stories to know that it’s difficult to know exactly what happened unless you’re on the scene talking to everyone who was there; maybe the imam has a different version of events. But all accounts that I’ve seen such that this was a brutal attack on a helpless girl in the name of sharia and justice.
Answer by gemgem at 2:51 PM on Apr. 2, 2011
Answer by skittles1108 at 2:51 PM on Apr. 2, 2011
Answer by DusterMommy at 3:03 PM on Apr. 2, 2011
Answer by spottedpony at 3:07 PM on Apr. 2, 2011
We surely need Sharia in this country.
Let them leave Sharia there WHEN they move HERE!
How about it?
Answer by mustbeGRACE at 3:16 PM on Apr. 2, 2011
Answer by jesse123456 at 3:44 PM on Apr. 2, 2011
The precedent has already been set, imo...
Answer by agentwanda at 4:43 PM on Apr. 2, 2011
Answer by yourspecialkid at 4:45 PM on Apr. 2, 2011
Answer by LoriKeet at 4:46 PM on Apr. 2, 2011
Answer by agentwanda at 4:55 PM on Apr. 2, 2011