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Monday, November 12, 2012

Religion of torture... and cover-ups

Here's a terrible story about a 5-year old Saudi girl named Lamaa, who was tortured to death by her father, a prominent Saudi television preacher (whose name won't be disclosed by either the hospital where the little girl died, or by her mother) (Hat Tip: MFS - The Other News).
Lamaa breathed her last breath in an intensive care unit of a hospital in the Saudi capital Riyadh a few days ago, after weeks of suffering from broken arms, a skull fracture and head bruises, her mother told Al Arabiya.

“He used all sorts of torture and abuse against Lamaa,” the girl’s mother said, now divorced from her brutal husband.

The mother explained that after she was divorced she had an “agreement” with her former husband regarding the daughter they shared.

Recently, he took his daughter for two weeks as per “the agreement” but he never returned her back, the mother said, adding that she was “surprised” to receive a call from the public prosecutor in Hotat Bani Tamim, located 160 km south of Riyadh, asking her to go to Shamisi Hospital.

The medical report indicated that Lamaa was tortured with whips and electric shocks. She was even burned with an iron, the mother said.

The hospital matron said the man admitted to beating his daughter, but did not explain why.

“I was shocked and could not believe what happened to Lamaa when I saw her. I could not believe that is no mercy in people's hearts,” Lamaa's mother said.

When she asked her former husband at the hospital why he tortured Lamaa, he replied with a “chuckle only.”
That man should be named and shamed and tried and convicted for murder. But he won't be. On Monday, the Saudis reported that they have detained him. But his name still hasn't been released, and I will bet that at best he will get off on a reduced charge because it's an 'honor killing' or something like that.

More on Saudi marriages here

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