Mullah jailed for rape of 10-year-old girl

Mullah jailed for rape of 10-year-old girl

Lawyers defending Mohammad Amin, who raped the girl in a mosque in Afganistan, argued that this was a case of ‘adultery’, and that, under sharia law, he should only be lashed, then freed.

But according to this report, judge Judge Mohammad Suliman Rasuli contemptuously dismissed this defence, saying that the victim:

Cannot commit adultery; she is a child. This is rape.

The judge then sentenced Amin to 20 years in prison.

The attack took place inside a mosque in a remote Afghan village back in May of this year. Amin had asked three young girls to clean for him, then began behaving inappropriately. The girls made a run for it. One tripped and fell in a stream. Amin dragged her back inside the mosque, where she was raped and left with serious injuries.

According to sharia Law, which the mullah tried to rely on in court, rape is considered a form of adultery for which both parties are responsible. Amin’s defence lawyers argued that he should be sentenced to 100 lashes and then released – but that would have meant the girl also receiving the same punishment.

Human rights campaigners have welcomed the judge’s stance on the case, especially after reports came to light alleging that the girl’s family had considered killing her because of the shame that had been brought upon the family.

This practice – known as an ‘honour killing’ – is relatively common against rape victims in Afghanistan, where rape was not even a crime until a landmark law was brought in to eliminate violence against women and girls in 2009.

The girl’s life was saved after the group Women for Afghan Women stepped in and urged the family to support their daughter. They sheltered the girl and paid for her family’s travel expenses to attend the trial in Kabul.

The head of the Women for Afghan Women shelter here where the girl took refuge, Dr Hassina Sarwari, pictured above showing the a photo of the injured victim, was at one point driven into hiding by death threats from the girl’s family and other mullahs, who sought to play down the crime by arguing the girl was much older than 10.

One militia commander sent Dr Sarwari threatening texts and an ultimatum to return the girl to her family.

During the trial, the girl kept her face covered but wept uncontrollably as the prosecutor read out the mullah’s confession and the report detailing her injuries.

However, at the point where Amin tried to claim she had seduced him, she pulled aside her veil and spoke to him directly:

Hey liar, hey liar, God hates you, you are dirt, you are dirt, you are a vampire.

The girl, who was not called upon to speak, insisted that she be heard, and added:

You shamed me, liar, you destroyed my life, you brought shame to my father.

Addressing the judge, she said:

Please, director, hang him.

However, it has been reported that after the trial, the girl’s father did not look at or speak to his daughter. The girl reportedly tried to follow her father after he turned his back and walked out of the courtroom but she stopped when she saw that he was not going to speak to her.

Heartbreakingly, she just gazed at him until his back was gone.

18 responses to “Mullah jailed for rape of 10-year-old girl”

  1. Marky Mark says:

    This girl’s father has to be the biggest moron in the world…abandoning his young daughter at a time when she needs him most…friggen religion, all of it needs to be outlawed across the entire world.

    This story made me so mad I could punch out a rag head!

  2. Stuart H. says:

    I’ve probably noticed or followed such cases more over the last decade since becoming father to a daughter and I honestly cannot fathom how these guys think.
    The natural instinct of even the gentlest normal dad would be to want to put the rapist six feet under. In practice you’d reign that anger in enough to let the police and courts do their job, but be banging on their door every day until it was done and probably still fantasising about what you’d do to the rapist if or when he gets out.
    What kind of disconnect allows a father to sympathise with the rapist, disown his own vulnerable child or, in the worst cases, maim or kill them rather than live with the “disgrace”?
    Man up, you pathetic excuses for humanity!

  3. AgentCormac says:

    Sorry to go OT, but I have just been reading about Stephen Gough, the so-called naked rambler, who has lost his case at the European Court after claiming he suffered repression over his nudity.

    What caught my attention was the statement issued by the court which stated that Gough had been rightly arrested many times because of:

    ‘…conduct which he knew full well not only goes against the standards of accepted public behaviour in any modern democratic society but also is liable to be alarming and morally and otherwise offensive to other, un-warned members of the public going about their ordinary business. Article 10 does not go so far as to enable individuals, even those sincerely convinced of the virtue of their own beliefs, to repeatedly impose their antisocial conduct on other, unwilling members of society and then to claim a disproportionate interference with the exercise of their freedom of expression when the state, in the performance of its duty to protect the public from public nuisances, enforces the law in respect of such deliberately repetitive antisocial conduct.’

    Now, couldn’t all that also be applied to Hutton and the many other so-called street preachers who make such a bloody nuisance of themselves on our streets every day? Just a thought.

  4. Broga says:

    ‘Stuart H: I feel exactly the same way and my daughter is now an adult. However, the same feelings arise about my toddler grand-daughter. If she were raped, justice would not be enough. I would want revenge. OK, that’s not attractive, but that is the effect on me. That father is repellent. The poor daughter staring at his retreating back is haunting.

    OT: Frankie says the Big Bang and evolution are true and the RC church does not support creationism. But it’s God wot did it. I would like to see his evidence for that.

  5. Broga says:

    @AgentCormac: Brilliant post. I’m still laughing although I’m not quite sure why.

  6. barriejohn says:

    Surely they’re only following the example of their “prophet”?

    (Sorry it’s the Mail again.)

  7. barriejohn says:

    The Telegraph has several similar stories, and we are talking about teenagers here:

  8. barriejohn says:

    Maybe if he had “only” rubbed his penis against her thighs it would have been OK:

  9. barriejohn says:

    Remember this one?

    Broga: That same statement has been made by previous popes, so how it qualified as “news” today I have no idea. Do they have a little card index system which they consult and say: “We haven’t used that one in a little while now; let’s give it an airing”? As our knowledge of the physical laws governing the universe grows, the space for “God” to operate in becomes vanishingly small.

  10. Paul Cook says:

    Why is anyone surprised at the defence of adultery?
    The legal system is not like that of the UK, not Europe, nor any other such similar country. But the 20 year sentence is remarkable and a courageous thing.

    This is in a country where ten is marriageable age. As it is in Sudan, Pakistan, Yemen and Saudi.

  11. Alex says:

    I expect some people will still accuse the judge of being too lenient, which isn’t true. 20 years was the maximum sentence he could have given by Afghan law.

  12. Broga says:

    @barriejohn: The God of the gaps has the problem that science is making the gaps vanishingly small. I think Frankie was unveiling a bust of Bennie and, with not much to say, wanted to throw in another topic.

    Didn’t Bennie sack his astronomer because the man was getting a bit too pushy with this astronomic facts? Or did I imagine that?

  13. dennis says:

    the dad has probably done the same thing to his girls or other girls or had family members who have done the deed.( sorry for the conviction with out evidence) what is it with these men with no self control that females have to be covered from head to toe or they lose control of their penis. in this culture women are evil, ups reminds me of a snake story. the poor girl will probably be killed because some mullah will declare a bounty of 70 virgins .

  14. L.Long says:

    The girls father needs to be multi-raped, islame male. ‘islame male’ a new insult to describe an idiot male who wants to kill his daughter because some other idiot islame male raped her He is a male, NOT a man, a real man would rather cut the rape’s balls off than kill the victim..

  15. Broga says:

    @L.Long: He is a snivelling coward, ready to yield up his own feelings to the dictates of some power hungry religious bigot. But what does he feel? Can he really have suppressed all the feelings due to his daughter? Or does he, in his cowardice and fear, place these on one side lest he be a target himself.

    Do these men really feel nothing as they sacrifice as victims their nearest and what ought to be their dearest?

  16. AgentCormac says:

    It’s easy to blame the father as he is the one showing such insensitivity to his own daughter. But he has been conditioned to behave that way, think that way and suppress his natural feelings that way. The truly hateful people in this depressingly familiar story are the bastards who turned a man who was no doubt born with the potential to be a loving father into a zombie devoid of empathy or love. Until we get rid of the evil men who run religion nothing is ever going to change.

  17. Matt Westwood says:

    “what is it with these men with no self control that females have to be covered from head to toe or they lose control of their penis.”

    It’s *because* women are covered from head to toe that.

    If everybody walked around naked all the time, everybody would be so used to the sight (and indeed smell) of naked bodies that, etc.

  18. AgentCormac says:

    @Matt Westwood

    I refer you to my post close to the top of this thread.