A case in Saudi has caught much attention.
The case was like this: a married woman was talking to her ex. Some other men came and raped her.
The rapists have been found and jailed. (They should actually be punished to death.)
The woman has been punished to lashes for being with a non-related man.
Now, she has been violated and that’s a major crime against her. She has already suffered a lot. Why punish her then? I mean she’s already suffered!
Media Headline: “Rape Victim Punished”
What does that mean? It suggests that the woman was punished because she was violated. That’s (not) nonsense. (It’s a well conceived twist of words.)
She was not punished because she was raped. She was punished because she was guilty (according to UAE law) of something else.
Now, we can debate for days whether punishing a woman for being with non-makruh person or husband for millenia. But what I am trying to say is that she was not punished for being a rape victim.
I have heard that the Prophet used to preach to lone women.(Can somebody please confirm that?) But then he did not gossip or flirt with them.
And God knows best.
People have suddenly become very concerned about the well-being of Muslim women. Fun is United States is behind Sri Lanka in gender equality index.
Sarson mein bhoot… (rough translation: “when a devil plays god”).
Let us sort our problems out.