Monday, 4 February 2013
Outrage over Saudi 'blood money' in 5-year-old girl's beating death
February 04, 2013
| Associated Press
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Online activists in Saudi Arabia are calling for harsher punishments for child abuse after reports that a prominent cleric received only a light sentence after confessing to the beating death of his 5-year-old daughter.
The social media campaign gaining momentum Sunday is the latest attempt to use the Internet to pressure the kingdom's ultraconservative rulers.
Saudi media reports say Fayhan al-Ghamdi, a frequent guest on Islamic TV programs, was arrested in November on charges of killing the girl. The reports said he questioned the child's virginity.
Saudi media say he was freed last week after serving a short prison term and agreeing to pay $50,000 in "blood money" to avoid a possible death sentence.
The money was presumably offered to the girl's mother or other relatives.
Posted on 02/04/2013 12:52 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
4 Feb 2013
Yet again, the wisdom of dressing babies and toddlers in burkas is demonstrated. Dirty little beasts, tempting god-fearing men.