Area:    A_Theist
  Msg:    #198
 Date:    12-21-94 01:18 (Public) 
 From:    Robin Murray-o'hair      
 To:      All                      
 Subject: 80 Lashes for Rape Victim
 * Original Message Posted via THEIST_WATCH
 * Date: 20 Dec 94  23:37:13
 * From: Robin Murray-o'hair @ 1:382/1006
 * To: All
 * Forwarded by: Christopher Baker @ 1:374/14
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@TID: WILDMAIL!/WC v4.11b 94-0279

Remember the fuss when an American boy was sentenced to a few lashes
when he was convicted of vandalism?

Why the silence then for the 80 lashes of a woman accused by an Islamic
court in Bangladesh of having "unlawful sex"?

Hazera Begum, 20, said that she was raped when she went to the fields
in Bakshipara, Bangladesh, one day to pick vegetables. But in October
1994 the village Islamic court found *her* guilty because she could not
produce three male witnesses to support her rape allegation. Such
courts have no legal standing, but their judgements are carried out in
Bangladesh. And so Hazera was beaten. She passed out after 35 blows.
And all the local clerics have to say is, Hazaera "is a bad girl. We
cannot allow her to spoil the men in our ideal village." And meanwhile
Hazera despairs, "Who is going to marry me? I've become a social

Women's right activists say that five women have been publicly flogged
in Bangladesh this year. Hazera's case is the only one in which the
government has arrested members of the sentencing Islamic court.

Source: AP, 12/18/94

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