In Saudi Arabia, You Can Pay $50,000 Blood Money In Exchange For Raping Your Child To Death

you tubeWarning: This article is amazingly graphic and beyond terrible and will probably cause your heart to break in a million pieces, like it did mine. But I feel it is our responsibility, as women, as mothers, as humans to know about these things. I’m not sure what exactly we can do to make a difference in cases like this, in the mindset that lets men in faraway countries get away with this type of brutality, but we need to do something. This story is appalling to the millionth degree. Lindsay Cross covered this story a few months ago, but we have new information regarding this horrific case.

In October of 2012, Lama Ghamdi died. Her father Fayhan Ghamdi, a former drug addict who later became a prominent religious scholar and preacher is famous for appearing on Muslim network television speaking of his repentance. The parents has been divorced and per the custody agreement, Ghamdi was able to take his little girl for visitation. In April, her mother then received a call from the public prosecutor in Hotat Bani Tamim asking her to go to the Shamisi Hospital. When she arrived she found her daughter has been brutally injured. From RT.com:

In 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 raped “everywhere.” 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.”

 

The following November, the father was arrested. The judge ruled that the “blood money and the time the defendant had served in prison since Lama’s death suffices as punishment,”activists reported. 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. According to reports, the reason Ghamdi tortured his daughter is because he questioned whether the five-year-old was a virgin. When the child’s mother questioned him the hospital, he just laughed.

From Al Jazeera.com:

Three Saudi activists, including Manal al-Sharif, who in 2011 challenged Saudi laws that prevent women from driving, have raised objections to the ruling.

The ruling is based on national laws that a father cannot be executed for murdering his children, nor can husbands be executed for murdering their wives, activists said.

Manal al-Sharif has launched a campaign on Twitter using the hashtag ‘Ana Lama’, which is translated as I am Lama, calling for better protection for children and women.

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    • Allison

      This is the worst thing I’ve ever heard.

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Guerrilla Mom

      This is the most awful thing I have ever read. Ever.

    • Sara

      Oh, my God. That is completely horrifying–I steeled myself before clicking on the article, but I was totally unprepared for the actual description of the child’s injuries. Outside of Twitter, is there any effort to bring justice to the murderer, or to stop things like this from happening in the future, that I can help with?

      • StephKay

        Have you heard or an organization called “Because i am a girl?”. It’s a global effort, so much of it can be as simple as self-esteem workshops for western girls (they’ve been involved with clients at my organization, homeless and abused girls in Canada) but there’s also a side that works on ensuring education and quality of life for girls in developing countries. That might be a good place to start looking towards getting involved. Oxfam has some projects geared towards women and children too. I buy toys for my kids from an oxfam project that sells toys made by the mothers of abused, injured or disabled small children. The mothers keep all the profits to help raise their little survivors, and for every toy sold another is bought for one of their children. On the other side of things, any contribution any of us make towards women’s shelters, crisis lines etc… to help combat rape culture really does make a difference globally. There’s no step too small, even twitter is a step in the right direction. No little girl, anywhere in the world, should have to grow up in fear.

    • http://www.facebook.com/paul.white.3532507 Paul White

      And we’re erstwhile allies with Saudi Arabia. Damn.

    • meteor_echo

      I hope this man dies painfully and slowly. I really, really hope so.

      • Sara

        I’m with you. Normally I’m not a fan of the death penalty, but there are some exceptions, and this POS sorry excuse for a human being earned a place right at the top of the list.

      • StephKay

        These are the moments where all my typical hippy pacifist views suddenly become very silent in my head and are replaced by hope that vigilante justice is in this man’s future. She looked like such a happy, beautiful little girl. I simply can’t wrap my mind around what her mother must be feeling.

    • christine

      This is pure evil,i will be banned from comment on any sosial media if i wrote what i would like to happend to this man.death penalty is not enough

    • Helen Hyde

      I just feel shock. This is real. This isn’t some sick movie or video game, this actually happens. I feel helpless and so so sad for that little girl. Where is the justice in the world?

      • http://charlesfrith.blogspot.com/ Charles Frith

        The justice is in the gas tank or the corporate media who tell lies rather than report the real sinners.

    • http://www.facebook.com/illyria.mxo Illyria Mxo

      Great culture those Saudis have… *rolls eyes*

      • meg

        Good point. We never violate children or sweep crimes under the rug in America.

      • Shea

        Yes, people do horrible things to children in the US too. But do you honestly think that if a man in the US (or any Western country really) did such a thing to his child that the courts would let him off with essentially a slap on the wrist? Just because terrible things happen in the US doesn’t mean that the way another country deals with their terrible things isn’t worse. Saudi culture devalues females and heavily favours men. Go ahead and call me racist if you want, but would you be just as happy raising your daughter in Saudi Arabia as in the US or Canada or the UK?

      • bumbler

        I think you mean “great culture those humans have”. We’re more alike than different, after all.

    • http://twitter.com/imimbles Jade

      That… bit… above “The following November”…

      I can’t even make myself read it again. I can’t bear to think of it. That poor, poor little child.

    • mommyninja

      This is the most horrific thing I have read EVER! As a survivor of sexual abuse as a child my heart breaks for what the innocent lil girl had to indure at the hands of the person who was suppose to love & protect her :(

    • http://charlesfrith.blogspot.com/ Charles Frith

      Let’s be candid. Saudi Arabia is the most backward and vicious theocracy on the planet. The corporate media ignore it because Saudi oil and Saudi money is more important that kids. Now if this was Syria you would see this all over the front pages but Syria, Libya and Iraq were the three secular Islamic countries that the West had to rape so that they could keep the Middle East parked in the middle ages. What I have written is both true and yet only skims the depravity of the West’s relationship and lies with money and oil.

    • MommyAA

      Justice WILL be served by the Almighty! There IS NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. But yes, I do pray that this father and the other perpetrators get a horrific punishment in THIS LIFE.
      I cannot even begin to imagine what this poor girl went through. And please people… there is no need to defend or blame a country for such crimes. Stuff like this happens ALL OVER THE WORLD. There are a lot of news that aren’t reported… but yes, evil exists in each and every corner…
      We all just should try to do our utmost in protecting our children and loved ones.