I previously blogged about the horrific death of a 14 year old who was lashed to death on the orders of an Islamic cleric. So what has now happened?
An initial autopsy conducted after Hena’s death claimed that the girl suffered no external or internal injuries. Once that was announced, The Daily Star, a Bangladeshi newspaper, made the results public and suggested there was a cover-up in the teen’s death.
To resolve this, the High Court then ordered her body exhumed for a second autopsy. That examination was carried out by a team of doctors at a hospital in Dhaka, the capital.
“Multiple injuries were found. The girl died because of bleeding,” Deputy Attorney General Altaf Hossain told the BBC’s Bengali service.
Hena was sentenced to the public whipping for adultery after she was accused of having sex with a 40-year-old married cousin named Mahbub Khan. But Hena’s family and neighbors said the girl had been raped.
Khan was also found guilty of rape by elders in the village of Chamta, in Shariatpur district, about 55 miles from Dhaka, the BBC said. But despite this finding, Hena was flogged, which just goes to illustrate how barbarbic Islamic Sharia law is; it was the local cleric who ordered it. Khan was also sentenced to a whipping but he escaped.
Khan has now been arrested by the authorities, the BCC and Daily Star reported. He is expected to be charged with rape and could face murder charges if the court finds his actions led to his young cousin’s death, the BBC said.
Four other people, including a Muslim cleric, have been arrested in the case, and more arrests are possible.
Not everybody there is a religious nutcase, some common sense does prevail. Bangladesh’s high court last year outlawed punishments under Sharia. Hena is the second person to die since that ruling. A 40-year-old woman died in December after she was publicly beaten
You will find the defenders of Islam claiming, “Oh thats not us, thats them”, but the reality is that this is where Sharia law leads you. Its not justice, nor is it moral. The Bangladesh High Court has recognised this, and thats why they have ruled against it and declared Sharia to be illegal. Applying archaic rules that are claimed to have been dictated by a non-existent supernatural entity will only bring misery, poverty, abuse, oppression and death
When faced with claim that Islam is a religion of peace … be skeptical, the available evidence time and time again tells a very different story. People can and should be free to believe whatever they wish, but they must also be forbidden from imposing all such nonsense on others, not doing so leads to tragedies like this.