You just wonder why Rizana Nafeek deserved to be executed.
Public anger has gripped Saudi Arabia after a prominent preacher Fayhan
raped and beat to death his 5-year-old daughter was sentenced to a few
months in jail and a $50,000 fine – known as 'blood money' – to
compensate the victim's relatives.
According to Islamic law, the 'blood money' can be paid in lieu of
the death penalty. The preacher's fine was reportedly half the usual
amount because the victim was a girl.
Saudi preacher Fayhan
Ghamdi, a frequent guest on Muslim TV networks, confessed to using
cables and a cane to inflict the injuries, AFP reported, quoting
activists from the group ‘Women to Drive.’
Ghamdi reportedly doubted that his 5 year old daughter, Lama Ghamdi, was a virgin, and forced her to undergo a medical inspection.
December 2011, Lama was admitted to hospital with multiple injuries,
including a crushed skull, broken ribs and left arm, and extensive
bruising and burns, according to the activist group. Hospital worker
Randa Kaleeb said that the girl's back was broken, and that she had been
The hospital told the victim's mother that her child's “rectum had been torn open and the abuser had attempted to burn it closed,” AFP reported on Saturday.
incident sparked public anger in Saudi Arabia, prompting an online
Twitter campaign calling for more severe punishment for violence against
women and children. The 'Women to Drive' campaign, launched by women's
rights activist Manal Sharif, has demanded the creation of legislation
that would criminalize violence against women and children.
The petition is circulating on Twitter under the hashtag 'Ana Lama' – "I am Lama" in Arabic.
issue has gained widespread traction in Saudi Arabia, and authorities
promised to set up a 24-hour hotline that will take calls regarding
When she asked her former husband at the hospital why he tortured Lamaa, he replied with a “chuckle only.”
Activists say under Islamic laws a father cannot be executed for murdering his children. Husbands can also not be
executed for murdering their wives, the group say.