Murder is not a form of protest

Today we learn the tragic news of the murder of Christopher Stevens, the US ambassador in Lybia. The BBC reports … Unidentified armed men stormed the grounds on Tuesday night in a protest over a US-produced film that is said to insult the Prophet Muhammad. They shot at buildings and threw handmade bombs into the … Read more

UPDATE: 14-year-old girl lashed to death in Bangladesh

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.

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