5-Year Old Raped, New Fatwa Established
This is only one story, one girl – only a grain in the entirety of Saudi Arabia's oppressive treatment many girls and women endure every day. Her story is emerging only because she didn't survive.
She is one of many who will not be able to ever escape the cyclic abuse.
Lamia Al-Ghamdi, a 5-year old, was brutally raped and tortured by her father, and was then taken to the hospital for a “virginity check.” The hospital noticed the marks on her body, and knew what had happened. She suffered multiple injuries, seizures, a crushed skull, suffered broken ribs, extensive burns and bruises, and that after raping her multiple times, her father burned her rectum--in an attempt close it.
His punishment for this disgusting crime was to cough up blood money to the child’s mother. He barely served a year, and is now a free man, a ‘religious’ man who has changed in a society where a man with the longest beard is deemed the most pious.
Today, a Saudi cleric Sheikh Abdullah Daoud has asked parents to make headscarves and burkas obligatory for their female children, beginning at infancy. By making this a fatwa (part of the official Islamic law/shariah) he insists it will be the first step in eliminating sexual exploitation of children. There was a back-lash in the community (surprisingly!) in response to this fatwa, saying that following this law would “make Islam look bad.”
The superficiality of the community’s response is repulsive and sad reminder of what the women of Saudi Arabia must face every day. Please, if you are reading this, say something about it in your community, stand up. If there is a protest, be it online or in your neighborhood or city, I ask of you to stand up as a collective voice against this crime, and Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women.
People burn a Qur’an, and they are met with death threats.
A man burns the rectum of his daughter to close it shut after raping her, torturing her, crushing her skull, causing seizures, killing her, and he is met with freedom, forgiveness, and support.