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14-Year-Old Bangladeshi Girl Lashed to Death for Adultery

14-Year-Old Bangladeshi Girl Lashed to Death for Adultery

In yet another tragic punishment related to Sharia law in Bangladesh, four people including a Muslim cleric have been arrested in connection with the death of a 14-year-old Bangladeshi girl named Hena Begum who died in a hospital six days after being subjected to 80 lashes.  The girl had apparently been accused of having an affair with a married man, and the punishment was laid out by a village court.  According to reports, she was also beaten by the married man’s family members the day before the sentence was passed.

Begum’s family blamed the Sharia court for the excessively harsh punishment.  “What sort of justice is this? My daughter has been beaten to death in the name of justice. If it had been a proper court then my daughter would not have died,” said her father, Dorbesh Khan.  He wants those involved with the death to be punished.

Officials are still waiting for the post-mortem report before they can say conclusively that the girl’s death was caused by the beating.  But they are also looking for a staggering 14 additional people in connection with the sentence, showing just how much of the community was complicit in the punishment, which is violent and extreme by anyone’s standards.

It’s also the second instance of such a death that I’ve seen in the past month or so.  In December, an older Bangladeshi woman died after being beaten for having an affair with her stepson, despite the fact that fatwas, or religious rulings set forth by village councils, were banned by the Bangladeshi government last year.

In a country where 90% of the population is Muslim, Sharia law carries an understandable amount of weight.  But it’s also disturbing that this is the second fatality after the government cracked down on such punishments, which suggests that the practice is still continuing, although women may not always die.

There seems to be growing outrage about these practices, however.  The family of the woman who died in December were outspoken about the horror of her death, and this young woman’s family seems to be similarly willing to demand action against the people who caused her death.  There was a rally to protest the beating last week, and hopefully this second appalling death will galvanize the Bangladeshi government to take these edicts more seriously.  It’s one thing to allow people to practice religion as they wish, but another when religiously-based rulings allow murder with impunity.

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9:29AM PDT on May 31, 2011

So only the girl gets pusihed? It takes two people to have an affair. that isnt' fair, he should have been punished as well if anything for being involved. and did they have any proff that she actually had an affair with him? other thatn the word of a few people?

10:15AM PDT on May 7, 2011

That devil woman made him do it. The man is never responsible after all he has no will of his own. In these countries the rule is:
Man = good, Woman= bad.

7:41PM PST on Feb 18, 2011

Why is it that only the female involved gets punished? This is sooo wrong!!!

3:07PM PST on Feb 16, 2011

@ neil a

Sharia law is not a misrepresentation of mohammad's word. He himself was an evil, venegeful savage and sharia is a reflection of that.

10:32AM PST on Feb 16, 2011

Sharia law is no real humanitarian law but just an archaic misrepresentation of Mohommads word & now used evilly by savages & primitive & utterly stupid vengeful people who often use it to settle personal scores. I do not suppose for a minute that this young girl did anything but got caught in the middle.

10:27AM PST on Feb 16, 2011

Sharia law is no real humanitarian law but just an archaic misrepresentation of Mohommads word & now used evilly by savages & primitive & utterly stupid vengeful people who often use it to settle personal scores. I do not suppose for a minute that this young girl did anything but got caught in the middle.

9:22PM PST on Feb 13, 2011

Horrific!!!

10:16PM PST on Feb 10, 2011

It doesn't matter. The girl wasn't married. You cannot have an "affair" with a married man. The affair was on the married man's part. And if Muslim men can't control themselves, they have no business being "in charge" of anything, because obviously they don't know how to control their animal instincts. If they are that low on the totem, they're too low to be the controlling gender. Either shape up or shut up.

8:25AM PST on Feb 10, 2011

Awful, this HAS TO STOP!!!!

9:40PM PST on Feb 8, 2011

Is there even any proof that she actually had the affair with the married man? The story only says she was killed after having been accused. Perhaps she was wrongly accused which makes this story all the more tragic.

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