Corporal Punishment By Caning: For Women?
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Posted: Monday, October 26, 2009
by Joel Hendon
I've often been questioned about my stand against ever having Sharia Law in the U.S. and in the course of such discussions, have been called a bigot, a hypocrite and a lot of other harsh names. I am not opposed to anyone being a follower of Islam, and of Muhammad if that is their desire and belief. I am thankful that all men are free (or should be) to choose their religion and mode of worship. I know there are good Muslims as well as radical ones. And I am not criticizing the individuals who are good. But a situation is now ongoing which brings out the exact opposition I have to Sharia Law.
There have been numerous incidents which have arisen concerning cases of punishment under Sharia Law, but throughout history, not many of the really objectionable cases have been publicized widely. But one case, back about two years ago of a young man and young woman, who were not married, being caught together in an automobile by seven men who took them and raped both of them before letting them go. The rapists were imprisoned and given up to 1,000 lashes plus jail time, but the young man and woman were also arrested for being alone together in an automobile. Neither were sentenced to jail, but each were given sentences of 90 lashes. The young lady appealed the sentence and the judge increased her punishment to 120 lashes. After an international uproar and even a rebuke from President Bush, The Saudi king reluctantly pardoned her, but stated that her sentence had been just.
And now, an ongoing row over a television show produced by Lebanese television network, LBC which had two stations in Saudi Arabia, ran a series about things taboo in the Arab world. On one of the shows a 32 year old Saudi named Mazen Abdul Jawad, was being interviewed by a journalist when he told of his many illicit sexual exploits as far back as age 14 when he had an encounter with a neighborhood girl. Three other men were with him on the show.
This so outraged the Saudi people they demanded those responsible be punished. The Saudi authorities closed the two TV stations, arrested the four men, the cameraman and the lady journalist, Rozanna al-Yami who was conducting the program. Jawad received a sentence of five years imprisonment and 1,000 lashes. His three friends were each given two years in prison. The journalist Rozanna al-Yami, was sentenced to 60 lashes. The Saudi king, within the past few days has cancelled the sentence against her. Probably anticipating an international outcry once more.
I am a proponent of capital punishment and have no objection to corporal punishment where justified and appropriate. But the instances of the young man and woman being in an automobile together and also of this journalist, are extremes and, in my judgment, totally unjust. I'm not sure I would advocate beatings such as these people hand out, should be administered to woman in any case.
Some may question my attitude on this but I encourage you to visit and view just what takes place in the canings. The first link shows the beating results in still photos and the second is a video of a caning. Please understand, these links are to corporal punishment as administered in Malaysia. Saudi Arabia may used different techniques and a different instrument, rather than this cane as used in Malaysia. And I would imagine they must use some milder procedure since I believe 1,000 strokes as administered in this video, would kill any person. In fact, it would seem to me that 90 strokes would. If you watch the man take 20, you can see that it is taking a heavy toll upon him.
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» left by Tonya Root from Odessa, Texas 2 years 210 days ago.
Thank you. Seeing is believing. In America we have ONE law for everybody. No Shira law in the USA. TR
Thank you Tonya, for reading and commenting. I agree with you.