Target: Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Kareem Al-Eissa, Saudi Arabian Minister of Justice
Goal: Demand Saudi Arabia issue a harsher punishment to the cleric that raped and tortured his 5-year-old daughter to death.
In a horrifying incident, a cleric in Saudi Arabia raped and brutally beat his 5-year-old daughter after suspecting her virginity. The girl was severely injured and passed away after several days in the hospital. The cleric confessed to the crime but he was freed last week after serving a short prison term and agreeing to pay $50,000 worth of “blood money.” Sign the petition to demand that Saudi Arabia issue a harsher punishment to this cleric for his heinous crime.
Fayhan al-Ghamdi, a frequent guest on Islamic TV programs, confessed to the killing after he was arrested in November. He says that he doubted the virginity of his 5-year-old daughter. Sharia law forbids a man from receiving the death penalty for killing his wife or children. Under the male guardianship system, all women are considered minors under the control of a man. Sharia law also permits “blood money” to be paid to the family of the victims to recompense them in lieu of a judicial punishment. In this case the money will be paid to the mother of the child.
Women face systematic discrimination in Saudi Arabia. They are mandated to wear the burka, are not permitted to drive or vote, and must be “chaperoned” by a man when in public. The Saudi courts regularly sentence men to only light punishments for crimes such as rape and murder of females. Women by contrast often receive harsh punishments that include whippings and execution for crimes such as adultery and being in the presence of a man who is not their relative.
The child was admitted to the hospital with a crushed skull, broken ribs, broken arm, extensive bruising and burns and according to a social worker she had been raped “everywhere.” Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Kareem Al-Eissa is the Saudi Minister of Justice who administers Sharia law; sign the petition to ask him to issue a harsher punishment to al-Ghamdi for his heinous crime.
Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Kareem Al-Eissa,
I am writing as a human rights activist to express my horror and outrage at the light sentence received by Fayhan al-Ghamdi who confessed to brutally raping and murdering his 5-year-old daughter. When the child was admitted into the hospital she had horrific injuries, a crushed skull, broken ribs, a broken arm, extensive bruising and burns. A social worker at the hospital said that she had been raped “everywhere.”
The crime is almost too horrible to contemplate. Yet al-Ghamdi was permitted to walk free by paying a mere $50,000 in blood money to his wife. It is intolerable that for such a heinous crime he did not even receive a prison sentence. The entire Saudi justice system systematically pardons male offenders while by contrast harshly punishing female offenders.
The system is unjust, archaic, encourages, and tolerates violence and brutality toward women and children. I urge you to reconsider the ruling allowing the payment of blood money and sentence al-Ghamdi to a harsher punishment. The Saudi justice system must be reformed to better protect women and children.
I hope you consider my thoughts.
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