In the news is the story of a 5-year old girl Lama. Lama has an Egyptian mother and Saudi father, Sheikh Fayhan Al Ghamdi, they are divorced, after which her father took the girl away from her mother. According to his testimony he was worried about the girls virginity, and took her to a medical examiner to have it checked. Although you can’t really check for ”virginity”.
Fayhan Al Ghamdi started to torture and rape his 5-year old daughter. After 10 months in intensive care she died. The mother was not allowed to see her, she only got to see her daughter in the intensive care.
Lama was beaten with electrical cables, sharp objects, blunt objects, whips. She was electrocuted, she was ”raped everywhere”, her anal canal was torn open and Al Ghamdi tried to cauterise it with a burning iron. She had fingernails torn out and the side of her head was smashed in. According to a nurse her back was broken. Lama’s arms were broken and her skull fractured.
The mother met the divorced father in the hospital and asked him why he tortured her, he answered only with a ”chuckle”.
The father, Shaikh Fayhan Al Ghamdi, is a well known Islamic preacher, who gives sermons on tv stations. He will not get the death penalty (the penalty for murder in Saudi Arabia) the court has decided he only has to pay blood money to the family, which means himself, 4 months in jail, and all other charges and punishments are dropped.
Blood money for a girl is only half of the blood money for a boy.
This decision is based on a hadith, which according to other bloggers is not in the main hadith collections, which claims that a father cannot be executed for murdering his child.
Many Saudi bloggers are enraged about this crime and the verdict. Lama’s mother wants to fight for justice for her dead daughter, but has no money.
Three Saudi activists, including Manal al-Sharif, who in 2011 challenged Saudi laws that prevent women from driving, have raised objections to the ruling.
The activists said that the judge had ruled the prosecution could only seek “blood money and the time the defendant had served in prison since Lama’s death suffices as punishment”. The ruling is based on national laws that a father cannot be executed for murdering his children, nor can husbands be executed for murdering their wives, activists said.
Al Watan (Arabic)
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