Bangladeshi Girl, 14, Dies After Flogging By Sharia Court

A Muslim cleric has been arrested in the latest atrocity from Sharia courts. Hena Begum, 14, died after being lashed 80 times publicly for adultery. Her family insisted that she had been raped by her cousin.

It took her six days to die. The village cleric and elders also demanded that her father pay a 4700 fine. The police are also looking for other men responsible for the heinous crime, including a local madrassa teacher. This is the second reported death from flogging by a Sharia court in the country this year. As previously discussed, in December, a 40-year-old woman was caned to death for allegedly having an affair with her stepson.

Source: BBC

22 thoughts on “Bangladeshi Girl, 14, Dies After Flogging By Sharia Court”

  1. “However, as I find has been vigorously promoted by a few on this blawg, if I am a fraud, charlatan, or worse; by what right have I been allowed to have any form of life at all?”

    No one denies your right to be alive.

    Your privilege of being taken seriously is another matter all together.

  2. There is a great quote I don’t have at hand at the moment. Basically it is that of all the evil done in the world none is done with as much joy as that which is done in the name of a religion.

  3. RE: Woosty’s still a Cat, February 5, 2011 at 6:40 am

    I so disagree. The state very often works in tandem with, or as the arm of, fundamentalist religion. Look at our own current climate surrounding abortion and the ‘rape’ card….

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    I so agree with you, Woosty…

    Some day, it may become usefully clear what religion is, beyond what it is merely called.

    From my (obviously wrong?) view of “is,” I find religion is always about what “isn’t,” and is especially about what isn’t fully known and what isn’t fully understood.

    Similarly, I find science is about is always about what is, and is especially about what is known (to such extent as it is known) and about what is understood (to such extent as it is understood).

    My life thereby takes me to where I can tolerate no religious dogmas and can tolerate no religious doctrines; this being because learning is a continuing process, and every dogma and every doctrine eventually becomes at least partly false as science invades the turf of religion.

    Alas, without being aware of what I have not yet learned, I cannot set out to learn what I have not yet learned with even a smidgen of willfully-directed purpose. It is through the brain mechanism of religion that I find my sense of direction into the as-yet unfathomable.

    Take from me what I experience as religion, and I am lost without hope of compass or map. Take from me what i experience as science, and I am lost within terrifying chaos.

    As soon as there is a dogma, tyranny is on its way to us. As soon as there is a doctrine, tyranny is on its way to us.

    Methinks it always so for tyrannies, and especially for tyrannies which tyrannically hide their tyranny behind the coercion they pretend to elude.

    Tyranny has a dastardly subtle aspect. The historical record, what little of it I know and understand at all, keeps plugging a notion into my thoughts, perhaps this notion is nonsense. I don’t quite know.

    The notion is that the structure of tyranny is such as to cause people who seek to stop one particular tyranny to unwittingly and unknowingly replace it with yet another tyranny, though being quite sincerely certain that such is not what is happening.

    I have yet to find a scientifically credible account of existence which is completely without some sort of origin of the universe notion.

    If the universe is a closed system in which the laws of thermodynamics are valid, that little entropy thing ought to make it having been here for at least an eternity scientifically untenable.

    If, whatever on deems “beginning” to mean, there was or is some sort of beginning to the universe, however it may be of beginning; or nothing of science or religion makes the slightest intelligible sense to me.

    If one dares to allow that something called “beginning” may have something to do with existence, and therefore, something to do with the present state of existence, perhaps what now exists is neither more nor less than what has become possible because of “beginning,” whenever “beginning” began.

    I was raised in a family in which, as I guess orthodoxy would claim, from an orthodox viewpoint, my dad was a heretical purely-evil-doing apostate. I observe that he had no place for religious doctrines or dogmas in his ministry as he came to understand them.

    Because it is people who form governments and it is people who harbor both scientific and religious beliefs, it is perfectly impossible to exclude religion from statecraft. It is also, as best I can discern, impossible to exclude establishment religion from statecraft because the boundary between religion and other-than-religion is veritably unknown and not at all understood.

    Whatever I experience, subjectively and personally, as a religious dogma or as a religious doctrine, I exclude from my life. I matters not from whence comes what I experience as of doctrine or dogma, out it goes as fast as I can dispatch it.

    Methinks religion is not the problem. Methinks false religion may be a problem, but who am I that I may even think that?

    Methinks false religion may be identified by the harm those who have become enmeshed in some aspect of false religion do “in the name of their religion>

    However, as I find has been vigorously promoted by a few on this blawg, if I am a fraud, charlatan, or worse; by what right have I been allowed to have any form of life at all?

    Thus, I use the words I can find, and am sometimes nearly stunned by how what I have in mind to share becomes as though interpreted religiously by others.

    I do as it is given to me to actually be able to do. Neither more nor less than what I am actually able to do can I ever do.

    I find that to be not a religious belief.

    I find it to be a scientific observation.

  4. amati1684 1, February 4, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Tragically, unspeakably insane. History shows that religion has been the scourge of humanity; such events show that it remains so.
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    I so disagree. The state very often works in tandem with, or as the arm of, fundamentalist religion. Look at our own current climate surrounding abortion and the ‘rape’ card….

    http://www.endcorporalpunishment.org/pages/progress/reports/bangladesh.html

  5. I observe it is, except for trivialities traditionally deemed of great significance, actually not meaningfully different here in the U.S.

    The veneer is very different, the substrate nearly the same in function and structure.

    Beauty may not even be skin deep.

  6. This is why SL called “Tootie” an American Taliban on another thread. This is disgusting to the extreme. However, if the Fundamentalists in our own society, by that I mean fundamentalists of all religions, gain any more power we will know that it can happen here.

  7. Tragically, unspeakably insane. History shows that religion has been the scourge of humanity; such events show that it remains so.

  8. pigs

    and I have no doubt that this girl was raped, and paid for the indiscretionwith her life…….

    pigs( sorry, I’m sure that comment is an afront to those who are born w/truly porcine genes…..)

  9. Kind of makes one wonder why the evolution of opposable thumbs was wasted on primates if this is what we do with them.

    Makes me wish I was a bear.

  10. This is supposed to be a lawyer’s blog. (not me) Let’s draft out the main points of a complaint from an intervenor and get a complaint filed. There is language in the UN Covenant on the definition of crime that we can use. Maybe we can get it filed with the U.N. as the listed intervenor or maybe in the name of a humanitarian agency. At least we can get it started.

  11. This is beyond sad. I would think that this kind of punishment should be outlawed everywhere. How can a 14 year old be guilty of adultery? This is absurd. Of course, this is another example of religion gone mad and the problems that occur when religion mixes with government.

  12. That is so sad. What kind of a world do we live in where things like this are allowed to happen? That poor child.

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