14-Year-Old Bangladeshi Rape Victim Whipped to Death Following Fatwa
A fourteen-year-old girl who was raped by her 40-year-old married pedophile cousin has been whipped to death in Bangladesh.
According to the Daily Star, the killing followed an Islamic religious ruling, or fatwa, that sentenced the child, named Hena Begum (also Hena Akhter or Hena Akhtar), to 100 whip lashes.
Such edicts are prohibited by law in Bangladesh, a mostly Muslim country of 162 million people in South Asia, but allowed under Islamic Sharia law. The girl fell unconscious after receiving 80 lashes and was rushed to the hospital where she died of her injuries.
The incident, which occurred in the ironically named village of Shariatpur, has sparked protests across the nation. Shariatpur locals have rallied against the village court that ordered the lashing, demanding their prosecution.
United Press International (UPI) reports that the Bangladeshi High Court has taken up the slain girl’s case and has given district officials 15 days to explain why they failed to protect her.
According to UPI, the 40-year-old pedophile who was accused of “having an affair” with the child was also sentenced to 100 lashes, but he has escaped to parts unknown. The BBC reports that police are looking for 14 other people in connection with the killing, including a teacher from a local madrassa.
USA Today reports that Hena Begum’s death is the second Sharia death in Bangladesh since the country’s High Court banned harsh punishments such as caning and whipping last year. A 40-year-old woman died in December nearly a month after she was publicly caned 40 times for allegedly having an affair with her stepson.
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