One of NewReal Blog’s hottest posts this past week told the story of a 14 year old Brazilian girl being arrested after accusing a man twice her age of raping her in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. (For the full article go here.) Yesterday the young teen got her sentence from the Abu Dhabi courts: 6 months in prison and then deportation.
Apparently the 14-year-old girl had met a Pakistani school bus driver and exchanged cell phone numbers with him. They had been texting sexual messages back and forth to each other. On April 4th the adolescent female’s parents had gone on a trip to Dubai. The girl invited the man (some reports say he is 25 while others say he is 28) to her apartment where then, according to the girl, he raped her. Her parents reported the rape, but the Sharia courts response was to arrest both the man and the girl for “consensual sex.”
Consensual, unmarried sex is a crime in Sharia law no matter what your age. Even though it is statutory rape for an adult male to have any kind of sex with a 14 year old, she can still be accused of the crime if the sex was consensual. The fact is we cannot know what happened on that day in the apartment. She may have been forcibly raped, but even if she wasn’t – if there was sex then she was still raped (no matter what Whoopi Goldberg might call it).
Under Sharia law a girl who has shown evidence of menstruation is tried as an adult. In Abu Dhabi courts, children as young as seven can be tried as an adult. So a little girl can be raped by a grown man and then be convicted of a crime if a strict judge thinks she wanted the sex. The UAE courts do have a rule where they can choose to simply turn the young girl over to her parents for correction, but that doesn’t seem to happen too often.
The Brazilian girl was sentenced to six months’ prison time followed up by deportation for her “crime” of “consensual sex.” The rapist was simply given 1 year prison time and deportation back to Pakistan. The courts claim they are being lenient to the victim of the rape, because Sharia law states the girl could be given 80 lashes or even stoned to death.
Imagine if this happened in the United States. A 14 year old’s school bus driver exchanges lurid texts with the girl and then is accused of raping her. And then the courts decide to arrest the victim and imprison her for six months. That is insane, but that is Sharia law.
Sadly the American press is currently far too focused on writing about “Islamaphoia” then to cover a story like this one. I can find no major new organization in America writing about this event to date. And even in global news there are only a handful of stories based on the work of two UAE local articles on this story. I hope if this tragedy happened to an American adolescent there would be far more stories and that our President would address the issue. But considering the Left’s unity with spreading Islam, I wouldn’t hold my breath.
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