Saudi preacher rapes & kills 5-year-old daughter, pays small fine and is free
Activists are angry moms everywhere around the world and calling for justice after a 5-year-old girl was raped "everywhere" and died from her injuries. The worst part? Her own father did this to her!
The whole thing is pretty much the worst nightmare for any woman or child: a Saudi preacher received a fine of only $50,000 and a short jail sentence after raping and beating his own daughter to death. The 50K is considered "blood Money" by Islamic law and can be paid in lieu of the death penalty. Apparently the fine was only 50K in part because he murdered a little girl, who in Saudi society are considered to be of less worth.
According to RT.com, the public anger is at a boiling point and has sparked an online campaign "calling for more severe punishment for violence against women and children". Called the "Women to Drive" campaign, you can find it on Twitter by searching for the #AnaLama hashtag.
Fayhan Ghamdi, the little girl's father is a well-known preacher in Saudi Arabia and a frequent guest on Muslim TV networks. The injuries he inflicted on poor, innocent 5-year-old Lama Ghamdi included a crushed skull, broken ribs and left arm, extensive bruising and burns. According to the hospital reports given to her mother, little Lama "rectum had been torn open and the abuser had attempted to burn it closed." Lama died from her injuries, but a judge ruled that "blood money and the time the defendant had served in prison since Lama's death suffices as punishment." SERIOUSLY?!
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I sincerely hope that this little girl gets justice. There's even a petition going around on the White House website asking to "Cut diplomatic and economic ties with Saudi Arabia until rape/murder victim Lama Al Ghamdi gets the justice she deserves". I, for one, will definitely be signing it!
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Does this punishment fit the crime?