A while ago, I wrote a piece, “The Savages Among us”, describing the brutal rape of a 10 year old girl in an Afghanistan mosque by the mullah.
At that time, I stated that nobody knew of her where abouts or her condition, because it was reported that she had been returned to her family.
The Savages Among us
I am happy to update this story, because the ending is quite surprising, for once.
According to the NY Times, the mullah has been found guilty of the crime and has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the girl’s rape:
Sad to say, though-the girl is still perceived as ‘damaged goods’, worthy of nothing but contempt by her family and society.
One can only hope she survives to adulthood.
She’s shown herself to be a tough survivor, and I honestly hope her case is not an exception in that part of the world, where women are treated worse than cattle.
Her words speak volumes:
“You shamed me, liar, you destroyed my life, you brought shame to my father,” she called out. Addressing the judge, she said, “Please, director, hang him.”
The judge himself was pretty clear on what happened to this girl:
Judge Mohammad Suliman Rasuli said the mullah’s admission that he had sex with the girl could not be considered adultery because of her young age, and was tantamount to an admission of rape.
Mullah Amin’s two defense lawyers pleaded on Islamic grounds that he should be given the Shariah law punishment for a single person accused of adultery, 100 lashes, and then released. Judge Rasuli responded that such logic would require him to order the girl to be given 100 lashes as well. “She cannot commit adultery; she is a child,” he said. “This is rape.”
So justice prevailed for once in a country notorious for not having any.
Perhaps there is hope in the future that women will gain more rights against crimes of this nature, but it’s sadly going to take many more victims and more prosecutions.
However you view it though, it’s a hard step forward, not backward and one that is necessary for all women in any country.